West Ham are plotting a January move to sign a goalkeeper with Premier League experience, Football Insider understands.
The Hammers are in the market for a new shot-stopper even though Lukasz Fabianski is on the comeback trail and set to be fit by the time the window opens.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club accept they do not have adequate keeper back-up after Adrian was released in June.
Director of football Mario Husillos will lead the search for a new goalkeeper after agreeing there is the need for someone else proven at Premier League level.
The loss of Fabianksi due to a hip injury for the last six weeks has coincided with a dreadful run of West Ham results.
His replacement Roberto Jimenez has struggled badly in goal as the Londoners have shipped 13 goals in their last six Premier League matches, four of which have been lost and the other two drawn.
Fingers have been pointed at Husillos for the signing of the 33-year-old Spaniard.
But the recruitment chief will be given the chance to make amends as the club look for an alternative to Roberto.
He is facing a battle to keep his spot for Saturday’s London derby against Tottenham, with number three David Martin being considered as a genuine contender by Manuel Pellegrini.
Martin has yet to play for the Hammers since signing on a free in the summer but he has been given a more significant role in first-team training during the international break.
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