By Paul Robinson

15th Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Update on West Ham signing 'top-class' Areola impresses Robinson

West Ham are closing in on the signing of a potentially ‘top-class goalkeeper’ in Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heaped praise on the 28-year-old who “had a great season” while on loan at Fulham in 2020-21.

Areola appears surplus to requirements in the French capital after PSG completed the signing of Gianluigi Donnarumma on a five-year deal.

According to the Evening Standard (14th July), the Hammers are closing in on the signing of Areola after being put off by Sam Johnstone’s £10million price tag.

Areola has two years remaining on his contract in Paris.

Robinson suggested the French goalkeeper will provide good competition for current number one Lukasz Fabianski.

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“Areola is a goalkeeper that I like, a goalkeeper that I really rate,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Now that Donnarumma has signed for PSG he has fallen further down the ladder there.

“I think he had a great season for Fulham last year even though they got relegated. His career stalled a little bit because of a lack of game time and a lack of opportunities.

“I watched him closely when he was a young goalkeeper and I knew that he would come into the international scene. There is still much more to come from him.

“We saw flashes at Fulham and I think he will push on from there. I think he will be develop into a top-class goalkeeper over the next couple of seasons.

“I think it would be a very shrewd signing if West Ham are able to get that done.”

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