West Ham United are now close to agreeing a permanent deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
That’s according to The Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg who claims that Areola is keen on a move to the London Stadium.
It is alleged that the Hammers are set to pay around £10.5 million for the 29-year-old French World Cup winner.
Areola spent last season on loan with West Ham from PSG.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper currently earns around £120k-a-week but it remains to be seen whether the Hammers pay him anywhere near that amount (The Daily Mail).
David Moyes utilised the Frenchman primarily as our cup keeper last season. He played second fiddle to Lukasz Fabianski in the Premier League but it’s clear to see that he is being primed to take over from the Pole as West Ham’s number one goalkeeper next term.
Areola is a top-class goalkeeper and he can be our number one stopper for the next seven or eight years.
And it seems as though we are very close to wrapping up a deal to sign the Frenchman…
West Ham close to securing Areola deal
The Hammers are closing in on the signing of the 29-year-old goalkeeper from PSG for around £10.5 million according to The Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg.
That’s great news for the West Ham fans.
The Hammers will be a much stronger team with Areola starting in the Premier League next season.
Areola was mightily impressive for West Ham when he played last season. He conceded just 15 goals in 18 appearances for the Hammers and kept eight clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).
Lukasz Fabianski has been a great servant for the Hammers over the past four years but there were definite signs of deterioration last season.
The 37-year-old’s distribution is fairly poor as well so Areola’s presence and ability on the ball should make us far better at resisting the press.
The Frenchman is an elite stopper in my book.
And Steinberg’s claim that West Ham are close to securing the Areola deal is very good news indeed for everyone connected with the club.