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10th Jun, 2018 | 5:27pm

West Ham must fix problem area by hijacking reported £15m interest in PL colossus


West Ham are yet to fix their main problem area in net ahead of next season and manager Manuel Pellegrini needs to go out to sign a new goalkeeper ASAP.

The Hammers desperately need somebody to battle Adrian for the number one jersey in the 2018/19 campaign after loan flop Joe Hart returned to Manchester City.

They should consider hijacking reported interest in Burnley shot-stopper Nick Pope, who is currently away on international duty with England ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

The Sun reports that Liverpool are preparing a £15million bid for the Clarets goalkeeper and his exit could be sanctioned given they already have Tom Heaton on the books at Turf Moor.

Burnley do have European football to look forward to next season, but West Ham should try tempt Pope with the permanent number one spot at the London Stadium.

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He would be brilliant competition for Adrian in goal and his performances in the past year show that he can be a force to be reckoned with.

Pope has gone from a nobody to one of the best performing goalkeepers in the Premier League for the 2017/18 campaign and also a part of England’s squad.

The real test for him will be to see if he can sustain it, but the 6ft 3in (source: Transfermarkt) looks like being the real deal and would be an absolute snip at £15million.

West Ham need a commanding figure that controls his box and can pull off match-defining saves, which is why Pope appears to tick a lot of boxes.

In other West Ham transfer news, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign an enforcer exiting the London Stadium this summer.

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