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Our View: West Ham owners would show real intent and ambition by signing Stoke City's Jack Butland

West Ham have massive problems in the goalkeeping department.

OK, yesterday’s news on Lukasz Fabiasnki was good. The Pole is set to miss just two weeks through injury, as confirmed by the Hammers’ official website.

But the West Ham owners cannot afford to be short-sighted with this issue.

Even if Fabianski does come back in two weeks, who is to say he won’t get injured again?

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And then the Hammers would face the exact same problem, with Roberto and David Martin in reserve.

West Ham have been linked with moves for Darren Randolph (Evening Standard) and Neil Etheridge (Football Insider), but as things stand, they haven’t materialised.

The Hammers board need to be more forward thinking, and show some real ambition.

West Ham should sign Jack Butland

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Fabianski will be 35 before the end of the season. He probably has no more than two or three years left at the very highest level.

And with that in mind, the Hammers should be looking for a top class goalkeeper with age on his side.

Stoke City’s Jack Butland would be ideal.

That will cost them of course, and unless the owners are prepared to spend some real money, West Ham’s problems between the sticks will continue.

The Daily Mail claims that the Potters could be willing to sell the 26-year-old for around £20 million this month.

Standing at 6ft 5in tall, the nine-capped England international is a top class shot-stopper. Ok, his form has dipped over the past 18 months, but he still has what it takes to succeed at the very highest level.

Butland would provide real competition for Fabianski, and could eventually go on to be the Pole’s successor.

For £20 million, a move for the Stoke man seems like a no-brainer.

But West Ham fans will not be holding out any hope with the board’s history of transfers.

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