By Harvey Byrne
West Ham’s first team goalkeeper Darren Randolph is to undergo a medical at Middlesbrough on Saturday ahead of a £5million move to the Championship club, according to Sky Sports.
The popular broadcasters have reported on their live transfer blog (Saturday, 10.59am) that the 30-year-old is closing in on a move away from the London Stadium for a seven-figure fee.
The Sky Sports claim follows confirmation from Middlesbrough’s official website on Friday evening that the two clubs had agreed on a price for the Republic of Ireland international, but no details of how much the fee was were disclosed.
Randolph himself is still contracted to West Ham until 2020 and played in 27 matches for the Hammers in all competitions last season, keeping six clean sheets while conceding on 42 occasions.
The club have since added England international Joe Hart to their goalkeeping ranks this summer and it is likely that Randolph is now departing in an attempt to find more first team football.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham showed last season with both Adrian and Randolph that the goalkeeping position was a huge problem for the club. Both proved that they could do a job in goal, but neither are good enough to propel the Hammers up the Premier League table. The signing of Hart could also prove to be a very good acquisition for West Ham with the World Cup coming up next year. Meanwhile, at Randolph’s age his career is reaching it’s final stages and he will be eager to carry on playing as a regular for as long as possible. Therefore, this deal suits all parties involved, netting West Ham a nice £5million fee.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are also set to complete this signing on Saturday.