West Ham’s hunt for a back-up goalkeeper has led them to target Chelsea’s Willy Caballero, according to The London Evening Standard.
Caballero is out of contract and Chelsea and is set to become a free agent. West Ham could sign the 37-year-old on a short-term deal to provide back-up for Lukasz Fabianski.
Adrian was Fabianski’s deputy last season. But the popular Spaniard is leaving at the end of his contract. And youngster Nathan Trott is not quite ready to step up yet with a loan move beckoning.
Fabianski won the Hammer of the Year accolade last season. And Caballero might replace Adrian as Fabianski’s understudy for the 2019/20 season.
Who is Willy Caballero?
Caballero is a veteran option who Manuel Pellegrini knows and trusts. The pair spent time together at Malaga and Manchester City, where he was a second-choice goalkeeper.
The 5-cap Argentina international moved to England in 2014 after spells with Malaga and Elche in Spain. In three seasons at Man City, Caballero played 48 games.
He mainly appeared in the cup. And this has been a similar story at Stamford Bridge. Caballero has played 22 times (and just five times in the Premier League) for Chelsea.
However, Pellegrini is ready to move for Caballero again. The two South Americans could reunite at their third club with Caballero providing short-term goalkeeper cover for the Irons.