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David Moyes has had an honest conversation with Darren Randolph over his West Ham future
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David Moyes has had an honest conversation with Darren Randolph over his West Ham future

West Ham United boss David Moyes has had an honest conversation with Darren Randolph over his future at the club.

Moyes brought Randolph back to West Ham when he returned for his own second spell in January 2020.

But he has struggled to displace number one Lukasz Fabianski and has – like the Poland stopper – struggled with injuries too.

West Ham had been linked with a both West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and PSG’s Alphonse Areola.

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Moyes made Areola his first proper summer signing last week

And Moyes made Areola his first proper arrival of the summer when he signed the 6ft 5in French World Cup winner last week.

David Martin has been kept at the club based as much on his character and positive influence around the dressing room as his goalkeeping ability.

So he was unlikely to ever challenge for a first team spot with everyone fit anyway.

But the arrival of Areola paints a bleak picture for Randolph.

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Hammers boss has had honest conversation with Randolph over his West Ham future

And now ExWHUemployee has revealed Moyes has had an honest conversation with Randolph about his West Ham future.

“David Moyes has said to Randolph that he is happy for him to stay at the club – especially with Fabianski, Areola (for now) and Martin only having one year left on their contracts,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way Patreon site.

“But the board feel he may have to move on as there is no point having this many keepers on the books.”

If West Ham have the chance to raise a million or two by selling Randolph they will surely take it given the state of football finances in the wake of the pandemic.

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Number one spot will be shared with Areola potentially new number one for the next five to seven years

West Ham fans are excited by the prospect of Areola succeeding Fabianski as the club’s new long-term number one.

Fabianski has been one of the best goalkeepers in West Ham’s modern history. But injuries appear to have noticeably impacted his kicking in the last couple of seasons.

The number one jersey will likely be shared this season between the pair. Fabianski will perhaps featuring in Europa League and cup matches and Areola in the Premier League.

That way Moyes will be able to make his mind up for certain as to whether he wants to activate the reported £11m option to buy the ex Fulham loan star on a permanent basis next summer.

At 28, Areola could feasibly be West Ham’s number one for the next five to seven years or more.

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