West Ham United boss David Moyes needs a new goalkeeper this summer but must also weigh up his long-term succession plan.
Lukasz Fabianski has started picking up injuries and turns 37 next season.
But he proved he is still one of the most steady and consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League last season.
There are doubts over Darren Randolph as a top level ‘keeper and he will be 35 next term.
And David Martin is set to leave West Ham when his contract expires this summer.
Moyes facing dilemma over new goalkeeper for West Ham this summer
So Moyes has a dilemma this summer. Does he sign a new number one and demote Fabianski to number two with the pair sharing Premier League, cup and European games?
Does he bring in a young goalkeeper who is perhaps not quite ready to be West Ham’s number one? That will cost big money and Moyes has other priority positions to use his budget on such as a new striker.
Or does the Scot go the other way and bring in an experienced ‘keeper for one season to buy himself some time to find the new number one?
Sam Johnstone of West Brom has been linked with the Hammers (talkSPORT).
But it remains to be seen whether West Ham can afford to match the Baggies’ valuation for the England man.
Does Moyes go young and use up a big chunk of his kitty or free and experienced to buy himself time?
If Moyes opts for experience then he could not do any better than bringing Juventus and Italy great Gianluigi Buffon to his beloved West Ham.
Buffon famously declared his love for the Hammers in his book.
The 43-year-old said that the Hammers were one of five select teams he would love to play for.
“West Ham: Because of the supporters: I knew the West Ham supporters during my time as a supporter (Ultra),” Buffon wrote in his book when discussing his favourite teams.
“Those guys (West Ham supporters) follow the Hammers with an extraordinary energy.
“And because of the logo (club crest): Two crossed hammers. Almost communist, if I think about it.”
Could Moyes give football great Buffon the romantic West Ham move he has always craved as legend looks for “one last crazy adventure”
And now Buffon has declared he is looking for “one last crazy adventure” following his departure from Juventus.
Buffon has just won the Coppa Italia with Juve and played as back-up goalkeeper for the Italian giants this season. He played 15 games for Juve including all their Coppa Italia matches and also featured in the Champions League.
Now several clubs are said to have made him an offer as he made it clear he wants one last experience before hanging up his gloves.
“When I find something stimulating, something crazy, crazier than me, I’ll go with that,” Buffon told reporters (Forza Italian Football).
“I have had plenty of offers. I still feel good and I’ll continue as long as I possess the traits of a great keeper, I don’t set myself limits.
“I’ll keep going if I find something exciting. Otherwise, I’ll have no problem retiring.”
It would be a romantic story if West Ham were to give Buffon a move he has always craved.
And in many ways it suits West Ham being a free transfer, hugely experienced and capable to sharing the number one role with Fabianski for a season while Moyes identifies the long-term successor.
Whether Moyes sees it the same way remains to be seen.