According to Le Parisien, West Ham United target Alphonse Areola has made up his mind that he does not want to return to Paris Saint-Germain next season.
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And that is great news for the Hammers.
The Express claimed recently that West Ham boss David Moyes wants to bring the 28-year-old French stopper to the London Stadium this summer.
Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph will be 36 and 34 respectively before the new season starts.
So the addition of a top class new goalkeeper during the course of the next 12 months could very well be a key move for Moyes.
West Ham get Alphonse Areola boost
The 28-year-old goalkeeper has spent this season on loan with Fulham.
With the Cottagers destined for relegation though, the Frenchman is set to return to PSG.
Le Parisien reckon Areola has decided that he does not want to stay with the Ligue 1 giants, however.
And that should make West Ham’s task of signing him a lot easier this summer.
The Frenchman is a fine shot-stopper. He is calm and authoritative and is a very good organiser.
Areola is pretty good with the ball at his feet as well.
The 28-year-old could be available for around £20 million this summer (The Sun). That seems a little bit steep. Especially when there are so many other positions at West Ham in such urgent need of attention.
Perhaps if Areola makes it clear that he wants to leave PSG, the French giants may well be prepared to lower their demands for him.
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A fee closer to £10-12 million would be great value for West Ham. Whether PSG will be prepared to sell Areola for that kind of money remains to be seen, however.