Football journalist Peter Harding, who specialises in Manchester United news, has named West Ham as one of the clubs interested in signing Sergio Romero this summer. Everton and Leeds are also thought to be in for the goalkeeper.
It has been a disastrous transfer window for the Hammers so far.
We are still in desperate need of a new left-back, a centre-back and a centre-forward.
David Moyes has no money to spend, however.
The West Ham fans were already fuming with the lack of incomings before yesterday’s report from the Telegraph claiming that the club have accepted an £18 million bid for academy graduate Grady Diangana.
It has been a truly disastrous transfer window thus far. And the only way it can be salvaged is if the money from Diangana’s apparently imminent sale is if we sign three players in the positions mentioned above.
Selling Grady makes no sense unless we strengthen in key areas
But football journalist Peter Harding has claimed that Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is on the Hammers’ radar:
Everton are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester United for Sergio Romero.
— Peter Harding (@PHardingSport) September 1, 2020
Now, this is an interesting one. As things stand, Everton and Leeds seem like more enticing options for the South American stopper. But even if we could entice him to east London, it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Or would it?
On the face of it, we have plenty of goalkeeping options.
Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph are David Moyes’s two first-choice stoppers. Joseph Anang and Nathan Trott are also pushing through at the London Stadium.
But look a little closer, and there are undoubtedly issues in that area.
Fabianski is 35 and seemed to have regressed after returning from injury last season. There are also question marks as to whether Randolph, who is no spring chicken either, is actually good enough to play for a Premier League club.
Meanwhile, Anang and Trott are totally unproven at Premier League level.
So signing Romero, 33, probably wouldn’t be a bad thing. The Athletic claims that the 33-year-old Manchester United goalkeeper is valued at around £8-10 million, however.
And considering the fact that signing a new goalkeeper quite simply shouldn’t be our priority this summer, it is highly unlikely that we will be bringing the 96-capped Argentina international to the London Stadium.
It is surely more likely that he will end up at either Everton or Leeds.