By Matt Bullin

West Ham have turned down a £3.5m bid for Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough, according to a reliable journalist.

Bleacher Report correspondent Dean Jones reports that the Championship promotion chasers have seen an offer rejected for the 30-year-old goalkeeper.

Jones made the claim in a message on his personal Twitter account.

This comes after the Chronicle claimed earlier this month that if Joe Hart joined the Hammers on loan, Newcastle would be offered Randolph.

The 30-year-old was in and out of the Hammers side last term, making 27 appearances across all competitions, keeping six clean sheets.

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He arrived in east London in the summer of 2015 on a free from Birmingham City, and he has since played 48 league and cup games.

Randolph has also been capped on 22 occasions by the Republic of Ireland, and he featured for the full 90 minutes in his nation’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Austria last month.

Football Insider verdict

Hart has now arrived at the London Stadium and he looks set to become the Hammers number one shot-stopper next season, which could mean Randolph is allowed to leave. It is unlikely that the Irish international would have many opportunities at West Ham in 2017-18 as he will fight both Hart and Adrian for a place. So, the east Londoners may simply be playing hardball with Boro for Randolph, but it is difficult to see them paying more than £3.5million.

In other West Ham news, one of the Hammers’ Premier League rivals is plotting a move for this first-team player.

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