The West Ham hierarchy are agreed that Roberto Jimenez won’t play for the club again as talks advance on his exit, Football Insider can reveal.
The Hammers are working on a deal to loan him to Spanish club Alaves for the rest of the season and an agreement is close.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider the board and new manager David Moyes have decided Jimenez is ill suited to the English game and has “played his last game for the club”.
Jimenez is heading back to Spain just six months after signing on a free transfer and penning a two-year contract worth around £30,000-a-week.
That deal proved pivotal in ending Manuel Pellegrini’s reign as manager and Mario Husillos’ spell as director of football as the keeper’s wretched performances during Lukasz Fabianski’s lengthy injury absence helped seal their fate.
Alaves have made a move for the 33-year-old as they look to replace Antonio Sivera, who has gone on loan to Almeria.
The Hammers’ plan is for Jimenez to play for the Spanish top-flight side and attract interest from buyers keen on signing him permanently in the summer.
West Ham made it a priority this month to recruit a proven Premier League keeper to provide competition and cover for first choice Fabianski.
They finally sealed the £3million-plus signing of Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough earlier this week after a protracted medical.
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