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Report: West Ham eyeing move for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vincente Guaita, contact made already

According to a report from Spanish media outlet AS, West Ham are interested in signing Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vincente Guaita in January.

The Hammers are desperately short in the goalkeeping department. Lukasz Fabianski is a very dependable stopper, but Roberto and David Martin are not good enough to serve as his back-up.

And Guaita would be a superb addition for West Ham.

The 32-year-old joined the Eagles in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer after his contract had expired with Getafe.

Vicente Guaita (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Spaniard has really impressed at Selhurst Park, keeping 16 clean sheets in 40 appearances, and he has played all but two of Palace’s 18 Premier League games this season.

AS claims that West Ham are keen to sign Guaita. And have already contacted the stopper’s representatives regarding a potential move to the London Stadium.

Vicente Guaita (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

There is a problem, however. Manchester City want to sign the Eagles goalkeeper too according to the Spanish publication.

Guaita would surely be a back-up at either West Ham or City. But with Ederson in goal at the Etihad, he might fancy his chances of earning regular first-team football more at the London Stadium.

Standing at 6ft 3in tall, Guaita cuts an imposing physique and he commands his area with authority.

The 32-year-old would provide stiff competition for Fabianski and would be a definite upgrade on Roberto and Martin.

AS do go on to claim that Guaita has no intentions of leaving the south London outfit, however. And Palace are keen to tie him down to a new deal. His current contract set to expire in the summer of 2021.

So it seems as though West Ham’s goalkeeper search is destined to go on.

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