West Ham lined up summer swoop for La Liga regular with £7.4m release clause - report
By Danny Wright
West Ham and Premier League rivals Crystal Palace were both interested in signing Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan during the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet AS claims that Betis were looking to re-sign Hammers ‘keeper Adrian during the summer months but the London club took the decision to keep hold of the Spaniard after Darren Randolph left for Middlesbrough.
It is understood that Adan, 30, has a £7.4million release clause tied into his contract at Betis, but the La Liga club would have let him leave for £5.5million despite him being their regular choice between the sticks in the league.
The former Spain Under-21 international played in all but one La Liga fixture for Real Betis last season, missing the final game of the campaign due to suspension as he kept 10 clean sheets in 37 league appearances.
West Ham managed to recruit Joe Hart in the transfer window after he arrived on loan from Manchester City, but early results suggest that it may be a long season for the under-fire England international having already conceded 10 goals in three league losses.
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Adan has a lot of experience from both his spell at Real Madrid and his current time with Real Betis. He would have been a brilliant addition for the Irons, especially when Adrian made it known that he was unhappy with David Sullivan’s comments about Hart being the best goalkeeper he’s ever worked with. Adrian may have wanted to return to his homeland while the similarly named Adan could have been eager to prove himself in the Premier League and away from Spain for only the second time in his career after a previous stint in Italy. The Betis shot-stopper wouldn’t have cost a lot either although a swap deal could have been suggested by the Hammers.
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