West Ham United are in a three-way battle to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon according to a report from La Razon.
Borussia Dortmund and Monaco are fighting it out with the Hammers for the 23-year-old’s signature.
David Moyes is expected to be a busy man in the transfer market this summer.
The West Ham boss should be prioritising the signings of a striker, a central midfielder and a left-back this summer.
With so many positions in urgent need of attention at the London Stadium, it is easy to overlook our weakness in the goalkeeping department.
Lukasz Fabianski is out of contract in the summer of 2022 and is clearly in decline. The 35-year-old has been a very good player for us over the past three years. The odd mistake is creeping into his game now, however.
Meanwhile, Darren Randolph, 33, is an average goalkeeper at best.
West Ham battling it out for Unai Simon?
La Razon claims that the Hammers are ready to fight it out with Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco for the 23-year-old goalkeeper’s signature this summer.
Simon has been with Bilbao since 2016. He has let in just 91 goals in 85 games for the La Liga outfit, whilst keeping 25 clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).
Standing at 6ft 3in, the 23-year-old cuts an imposing figure. He is a very impressive shot stopper and has a good range of passing whilst being comfortable with the ball at his feet (Who Scored).
He is a six-capped Spain international as well.
Simon has a massive release clause thought to be worth €50 million (£43 million) according to Inside Athletic.
Obviously West Ham won’t be paying anywhere near that amount for a goalkeeper this summer.
Simon is still under contract with Bilbao until the summer of 2025. So the Spanish side hold all of the cards.
Whether they will be prepared to accept a reduced fee for the 23-year-old remains to be seen.
If West Ham manage to get their hands on Simon, however, he would be a very good addition for us this summer.