West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is on the hunt for a new backup goalkeeper this summer.
Fans’ favourite Adrian looks set to leave West Ham after six years in East London.
Hammer of the Year Lukasz Fabianski is the undoubted number one. So that leaves Pellegrini with the unenviable task of persuading a player to join knowing they will struggle for game time.
West Ham have been linked with Fabianski’s compatriot Bartlomiej Dragowski (Tutto Mercato Web). But that deal looks unlikely as he is already playing regularly in Serie A at a young age.
Chelsea’s Willy Cabellero has also been linked.
Pellegrini should return to Real to solve goalkeeper conundrum
But the answer could be at Pellegrini’s former club Real Madrid where something of a storm is brewing over their goalkeeper pecking order.
According to Marca, Real boss Zinedine Zidane is at odds with the club over his own back-up goalkeeper for Thibaut Courtois next season.
Keylor Navas is being sold this summer.
And Marca claims Zidane wants his son Luca to fill the role of back-up ‘keeper. But Real’s board believe Andriy Lunin is the stronger option.
Son of Zidane for West Ham?
Luca, a France youth international, started the 3-2 league victory over Huesca recently but has found first-team opportunities limited in the Spanish capital.
If Lunin is installed as the certified number two, Zidane junior will be made available as a result.
That would open the door to an approach from West Ham with Luca’s chances of first team football greatly improved if he does move to London.
Off you Trott
Pellegrini plays the number two goalkeeper in cup competitions.
At 21 Zidane is a nice age too. He is slightly older and more experienced than highly-rated young Hammer Nathan Trott.
The England youth international is expected to leave on loan this summer making the need for a new back-up for Fabianski more acute.