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Report: West Ham want to sign Cardiff City's Neil Etheridge in January
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Report: West Ham want to sign Cardiff City's Neil Etheridge in January

According to a report from the Sun, West Ham want to sign Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, if Middlesbrough stopper Darren Randolph is unattainable.

The Hammers have all sorts of problems in the goalkeeping department.

Lukasz Fabianski is back fit now, but Roberto and David Martin are quite simply not good enough to serve as the Pole’s back-ups.

The West Ham board seem reluctant to spend big on goalkeepers, and that has cost the team big time over the past two months.

Lukasz Fabianski (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Hammers’ free fall down the table directly coincided with Fabianski’s long-term absence.

And it seems as though the east London club are set to make a move to address that particular issue.

The Sun claims that West Ham want to sign Cardiff stopper Neil Etheridge.

Neil Etheridge (Photo by Ian Cook – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Good signing for the Hammers?

The 29-year-old is a solid shot-stopper. A 65-capped Philippines international, Etheridge has plenty of experience, although he is far from an elite goalkeeper.

The Cardiff man has let in 17 goals in 14 appearances this season, keeping four clean sheets in the process.

He would undoubtedly be an upgrade on both Roberto and Martin. The Sun claims that the Bluebirds would want a ‘decent fee’ for Etheridge, however.

And considering the fact that Randolph could be too expensive for West Ham, it seems unlikely that a move for the Cardiff man would work out either.