Alphonse Areola is interested in leaving West Ham on loan in the January transfer window, in order to salvage his international career with France.

Ligue 1 outfit Lorient apparently lodged a loan bid for the 29-year-old goalkeeper yesterday, according to a French journalist.

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However, the Hammers allegedly have no interest in allowing Areola to leave the London Stadium in the January transfer window.

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The 29-year-old joined the Hammers on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021, and then made his move to the London Stadium a permanent one in 2022 for around £8 million (The Athletic).

Strangely though, he has had to make do with a backup role at the London Stadium, playing second fiddle to Lukasz Fabianski.

And as a result, it seems as though Areola is keen to make a loan move away from the club in the January transfer window…

Areola open to West Ham loan exit

L’Equipe claim that the 29-year-old is keen to join Lorient on loan in the January window in order to stand a better chance of forcing his way back into the reckoning for the France national team.

That’s fair enough really isn’t it.

Alphonse Areola open to West Ham loan exit
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Quite why David Moyes doesn’t see Areola as his number one goalkeeper ahead of Fabianski is truly mind-boggling.

It seems as though the Scot will now have to start playing him regularly or risk losing him.

How has it got to this? Areola, who earns £120k-a-week (Spotrac) is an elite goalkeeper and should be playing week in, week out for West Ham in my opinion.

And allowing him to leave the London Stadium, even if it’s on loan, will be a terrible move from Moyes.

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