West Ham have submitted a bid worth £7million for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, Football Insider can reveal.
The 29-year-old was axed from the Championship club’s starting XI for their 0-0 south wales derby draw against Swansea City yesterday amid growing doubts over his future.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club have tabled an offer for Etheridge of an initial £6m rising to a potential £7m with add-ons.
The Hammers have made their move after identifying the Philippines international as a solution to their need for a new keeper this window in the latest twist in the saga.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday that West Ham are set to make a decision today on whether to pull the plug on their bid to sign Darren Randolph.
The Londoners are awaiting the results of Randolph’s second medical and expect to get those in the coming hours as his transfer from Middlesbrough hangs in the balance.
In the meantime, the club have turned their attention to alternative targets who can slot straight into the starting XI if needed.
Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has admitted Etheridge may be heading out of the club following his omission from the team against Swansea.
“There’s been a lot of talk around Neil, not just in this window, but in the previous window as well,” Harris said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
West Ham are in the market for a goalkeeper after first-choice Lukasz Fabianski suffered another injury during Friday night’s defeat at Sheffield United.