West Ham currently have all sorts of problems in the goalkeeping department.
Lukasz Fabianski is once again out injured, leaving the worrying prospect of either Roberto or David Martin playing on Saturday against Everton in what is a massive game for the Hammers.
The east London outfit are reportedly keen to bring in an established stopper this month.
Darren Randolph is a name that has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham, but medical problems are threatening to scupper the Irishman’s proposed move to east London (Evening Standard).
Neil Etheridge is another name that has been banded about. Football Insider claimed today that the Hammers have submitted a £7 million bid for the Cardiff City stopper.
Claret and Hugh have since gone on to suggest that said bid has been rejected, however.
And as West Ham’s search for a top class goalkeeper goes on, Aston Villa appear to be closing in on the signing of Pepe Reina (BBC).
So have West Ham missed a trick?
The simple answer to that question is absolutely yes.
At 37, Reina is in the twilight of his career, but he is still a top class goalkeeper, and he would have brought real stability and authority to the Hammers’ backline.
Since the start of the 2015/16 campaign with Napoli and AC Milan, the Spaniard has conceded just 150 goals in 152 games, and he has kept 57 clean sheets during that period.
Reina is an excellent shot-stopper, and is a penalty save specialist. His experience and winning mentality would have brought so much to West Ham, and considering his availability on loan, it is baffling as to why the east London outfit did not make a move for the former Liverpool man.
During Reina’s spell with Liverpool, he won the Premier League Golden Glove award three times.
Ok, he is not the same player now that he was then. But he would have been a very good option for the Hammers nonetheless.