According to a report from Football Insider, West Ham have submitted a bid that could eventually be worth £7 million for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
The Hammers have real problems in the goalkeeping department at the moment.
Lukasz Fabianski recently returned from injury, but he suffered what seemed to be a recurrence of the same hip problem away at Sheffield United on Friday night.
West Ham have only Roberto and David Martin in reserve, and in truth, neither of those players are good enough for the Premier League.
The Hammers are thought to be close to securing the capture of Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough, but medical problems are holding up the proposed deal (The Evening Standard).
And Football Insider now claims that West Ham have identified Etheridge as a priority signing this month.
The Hammers have allegedly submitted a £6 million bid to Cardiff for the 29-year-old’s services, plus £1 million in add-ons.
The 63-capped Philippines international would be a decent addition for West Ham. He would certainly be an upgrade on both Roberto and David Martin.
Etheridge is a decent shot-stopper, and he commands his area with authority. The Cardiff ace is a good communicator and is still at an age where he has plenty of years left ahead of him in the game.
£7 million does seem to be rather expensive for the former Charlton and Walsall man, however.
Cardiff signed him on a free transfer in the summer of 2017. So they will surely be delighted to get the reported fee of £7 million for him.
Having said that, West Ham are desperate, and the Welsh club have clearly taken advantage of that fact. Sometimes you just have to pay up. And signing someone like Etheridge could end up saving the Hammers from relegation.