West Ham give emphatic response to London club's bid for 30-year-old - report
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have emphatically rejected a bid worth £3.5million from London Premier League rivals Crystal Palace for goalkeeper Adrian, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have reported via their live transfer blog (Tuesday, 1.33pm) that the Hammers have turned down a bid from Palace for the 30-year-old despite the Spaniard wanting to leave the Hammers.
Adrian has been a part of the West Ham team for four years after joining from Spanish side Real Betis in the summer of 2013.
He was considered the club’s first choice stopper before poor form saw him lose his place between the sticks to Darren Randolph in the last campaign.
The east London club have also brought in goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City this summer and Adrian, who has just two years remaining on his contract at West Ham is now thought to be seeking more regular first team football.
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Football Insider verdict:
In this day and age and especially in this summer’s market £3.5million is considered a derisory offer and West Ham have certainly done the right thing in rejecting a bid for a long-time servant of their club. It is more than likely that Palace were testing the Hammers’ resolve on what they are looking to hold out for a player who wants to leave the club and it has now become clear that West Ham are now looking for a respectable bid. Adrian has been a good player for the Hammers over the years, but with Hart in the side there is now no place in the first team for him, as Randolph who has also moved to Middlesbrough this summer realised.
In other West Ham transfer news, a report has detailed the Hammers’ stance on 34-time capped England international.