West Ham make emphatic decision on future of 30-year-old outcast - report
By Matt Farr
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is set to stay at West Ham beyond the end of the season, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Premier League side have triggered an option to extend the 30-year-old’s contract by a further year, which will see him stay at the club until the summer of 2018.
The Spanish goalkeeper’s current deal was set to expire in June, but it is understood that West Ham have now moved to secure an extension on his time in east London.
Adrian began the campaign as West Ham’s No.1 stopper, but he has since lost his place in the side to the impressive Darren Randolph.
After starting the first 11 Premier League matches of the season, Adrian has yet to feature in the competition since, and has appeared just once in 2017.
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His last appearance for the club came in the 5-0 FA Cup third round defeat to Manchester City at the start of January.
However, Slaven Bilic still sees his deputy stopper as suitable competition for Randolph in the goalkeeping department, and has moved to ensure he does not leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.
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Currently in his fourth year with the club, Adrian is one of Bilic’s more long-term assets. Although he has lost his place in the first team and fallen down the pecking order at West Ham, he still has considerable value to the team. He was the first choice goalkeeper at the club last season, proving his worth to the club with nine clean sheets from 32 Premier League appearances. Bilic may prefer Randolph as his No.1, but should the Republic of Ireland stopper be forced to make way, Bilic knows that he has a capable alternative in Adrian.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are edging closer to a deal for this defender.