Real Betis are interested in re-signing Adrian six years after he joined West Ham, according to reports in Spain.
Mundo Deportivo claims that Real Betis are targeting Adrian on a free transfer. Adrian’s West Ham contract expires this summer and he looks set for the exit.
The popular Spaniard appeared to say his goodbyes after West Ham’s final home game against Southampton and the away game against Watford.
After six years in East London, Adrian could now be offered a return to Betis, where he made his name. Betis could offer him a contract when he becomes a free agent.
Adrian at West Ham
West Ham signed goalkeeper Adrian in summer 2013 on a free transfer from Real Betis. He was initially the back-up option to Jussi Jaaskelainen but he soon took the starting spot.
The 32-year-old has played 150 games for the Hammers in six seasons. In 2014 and 2015, he finished runner-up for the Hammer of the Year award.
But he had to share goalkeeping duties with Darren Randolph and Joe Hart in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively.
And this season, the form of Lukasz Fabianski has restricted Adrian to just five cup appearances. With his contract expiring, it is time for both parties to move on.
West Ham need Adrian replacement
West Ham will need a new back-up goalkeeper when Adrian’s departure is confirmed. Nathan Trott is the third choice but Manuel Pellegrini might want a more experienced option.
The Hammers have been scouting Bartlomiej Dragowski, who is on loan at Empoli from Fiorentina, according to Tutto Mercato Web. The 21-year-old Poland goalkeeper could be Adrian’s long-term replacement.