By Wayne Veysey

6th Jan, 2020 | 12:09pm

Sources: West Ham granted permission to hold talks with player, deal may be done today

West Ham have been granted permission to discuss personal terms with Darren Randolph after they had a bid accepted for him by Middlesbrough, Football Insider can reveal.

Football Insider broke the news last Friday that West Ham were set to increase their initial £2million bid for the goalkeeper to secure an early-window deal.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Boro have now accepted their improved offer of more than £3million and Randolph is clear to negotiate the terms of a contract.

The Hammers hierarchy are increasingly hopeful a deal can be finalised as early as today.

That would enable the 32-year-old to return to West Ham for a second spell, although he would not be immediately available for selection.

Randolph is in the final stages of rehabilitation from a thigh injury that has sidelined him for the last two months.

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The experienced keeper, who has 18 months remaining on his contract at the Riverside Stadium, has missed their last nine league matches as well as yesterday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw against Tottenham.

West Ham have made the Republic of Ireland international, 32, their first choice as they look sign a proven keeper to back up number one Lukasz Fabianski.

They have run out of patience with Roberto Jimenez, who made a series of high profile blunders during Fabianski’s three-month injury absence.

Randolph was previously at the Irons for two years and is keen to return to London for a second period even though he accepts that he will be playing second fiddle to Fabianski.

The keeper made 42 appearances for the Premier League outfit during his first spell, conceding 61 goals and keeping 12 clean sheets.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that the club have opened talks with Joe Cole.