According to a report from Calcio Mercato, West Ham and Newcastle have made enquiries about Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez, and the Italian club could now sell the goalkeeper for just €30 million (£27 million).
Spanish publication Estadio Deportivo claimed last month that the Hammers are keen to sign the Roma ace this summer.
Meanwhile, Leggo claimed that the Magpies want to sign the former Tottenham stopper.
David Moyes might be on the look-out for a new goalkeeper at the London Stadium this summer. Lukasz Fabianski has struggled since returning from injury. The Pole doesn’t seem to be the reliable, steady goalkeeper that he once was. And he will be 36 next season.
And Steve Bruce faces a similar situation at St James’ Park. Martin Dubravka needs more competition, and Lopez could be just the man for the job.
Estadio Deportivo claimed that Roma could demand as much as £45 million for the Spaniard, however. And that would have surely ruled out either West Ham or Newcastle making a move in the current climate.
Calcio Mercato now suggest that Lopez could be signed for just £27 million, however.
Lopez has hardly been in sparkling form this season.
In 36 games for Roma, the 25-year-old has conceded 46 goals and he has kept just nine clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).
The 6ft 2in stopper is described as a player with a strong mentality (ESPN). And he is a very good shot stopper.
It could be argued that £27 million is still way too much money to lay out for the Roma ace considering how the global health crisis has affected finances in football.
At just 25, however, he still has at least another 10-12 years left ahead of him before his powers begin to wane.
And he might just be a decent addition for either West Ham or Newcastle this summer.
That price-tag undoubtedly needs to drop quite drastically, however, if the Hammers are to have any chance of competing with the Magpies for the Spanish goalkeeper’s signature.