According to a report from Italian media outlet Il Secolo XIX, the possibility of Inter Milan-owned goalkeeper Ionut Radu joining West Ham is growing.
And reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee has backed up the claims, suggesting that there is interest in the Romanian stopper.
West Ham desperately need a new goalkeeper. Lukasz Fabianski is out injured yet again, albeit for just two weeks, according to WHUFC.com.
The east London outfit simply cannot rely upon David Martin or Roberto to fill in for the Pole, so signing an established stopper should be at the very top of their priority list this month.
And Italian publication Il Secolo XIX claims that Radu, 22, is on the Hammers radar. The Romanian is currently on loan from Inter at Genoa, but he is allegedly not wanted there any more after the Rossoblu brought in Mattia Perin on loan from Juventus.
And ExWHUemployee suggested that Radu is a target, when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast last night (Tuesday January 14th):
“Do we sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu who’s been on loan at Genoa? He’s a Romanian goalkeeper, and through the agent Barry Silkman, there has been some interest in him.”
Is Radu the man for West Ham?
The 22-year-old has been far from impressive during his loan with Genoa.
He has conceded 35 goals in 17 Serie A games, and has kept just two clean sheets during that period.
There is also the small matter of his lack of Premier League experience.
A move from Serie A to England can be difficult for established stars, let alone a young player who hasn’t had the best of seasons thus far.
In truth, however, anyone would be better than Roberto or even David Martin. And despite Radu’s recent struggles, there is the chance that he could go on to become a very good goalkeeper.
Much will depend on how much West Ham have to pay to prise him away from the San Siro. Or if the east London outfit can secure a loan deal for the 22-year-old.