West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph was allegedly stopped from joining Premier League rivals Leeds United in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report from The Athletic who claim that the Hammers blocked a potential loan move to Leeds for the 34-year-old stopper.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was allegedly keen to bring the Republic of Ireland international to Elland Road in order to provide solid cover for Illan Meslier.

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Randolph rejoined the Hammers from Middlesbrough in January 2020 for around £4 million (BBC).

West Ham boss David Moyes allegedly blocked Darren Randolph from moving to Premier League rivals Leeds in January
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Since then, he has only made five Premier League starts for West Ham though. And Randolph has now slipped down the goalkeeping pecking order even more so after the summer arrival of Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain.

It is highly likely that David Moyes will make the Frenchman’s loan move a permanent one at the end of the season. Even so though, the Scot clearly wanted to keep Randolph around, at least until the end of the season…

West Ham ace blocked from move to Premier League rivals in January

The Athletic claims that the Hammers prevented Darren Randolph from joining Leeds United in the January transfer window.

That decision seems like a strange one to us.

West Ham would obviously have received a loan fee and Leeds would have paid most of, if not all of the Irishman’s £40k-a-week wages.

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Moyes has Lukasz Fabianski and Areola as his number one and two goalkeepers. He also has youngsters Joseph Anang and Krisztian Hegyi as well as veteran David Martin to call upon if needed.

Randolph is someone who we definitely could have let go.

The 34-year-old clearly doesn’t have much of a future at the London Stadium. David Moyes may well sell him in the summer.

It must be said though, surely Randolph should have been moved on permanently last month, especially with Leeds chasing his services. It’s not as though they are our direct rivals for a European place this season is it?

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