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Report: West Ham preparing £3.5 million bid for Cardiff City's Neil Etheridge
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Report: West Ham preparing £3.5 million bid for Cardiff City's Neil Etheridge

According to an exclusive report from Football League World, West Ham are lining up a £3.5 million bid for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

The Hammers have real problems in the goalkeeping department.

Lukasz Fabianski has recently returned from injury, but the Polish ace needs more competition.

Roberto and David Martin are clearly not good enough to cover for Fabianski, and Etheridge would be an upgrade on both of them.

Football League World claims that a source has told them that West Ham are preparing a £3.5 million bid for the 29-year-old, but Cardiff are reluctant to let him leave

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Etheridge is a decent goalkeeper. He has 65 international caps for the Philippines to his name, and has made 217 career senior appearances. So he is vastly experienced.

The Bluebirds ‘keeper commands his area with authority and is an accomplished shot-stopper.

Etheridge would provide more competition for Fabianski. But let’s not kid ourselves. The Philippines international would be far from a glamour signing.

He is a decent goalkeeper at best. And he certainly should not be part of a long-term plan to take West Ham to another level.

If the Hammers can pick him up for £3.5 million, however, it should be considered as good business for the east London outfit.