West Ham boss David Moyes spoke to reporters today, and suggested that he is hopeful of getting a deal to sign Darren Randolph over the line, as quoted by Football.London.
The Hammers are in desperate need of another established goalkeeper to provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski.
Their form suffered badly when the Pole missed three months of the season through injury.
And West Ham have identified Randolph, 32, as the ideal candidate.
The Guardian claimed a couple of days ago that the Hammers had agreed a £4 million fee with Middlesbrough for the 42-capped Republic of Ireland international.
In fact, the Hammers wouldn’t even have to pay that much, because they are still owed a certain amount from Boro from when they signed the stopper in 2017 (ExWHUemployee).
The move is being held up, however, after Randolph allegedly failed a medical, according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee:
Randolph is awaiting the outcome/investigation of the second medical which should be concluded today either way.
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 9, 2020
Moyes suggested that he expects the deal to sign Randolph to go through, however, when speaking to reporters today, as quoted by Football.London:
“Well Darren is a keeper we identified we wanted to bring. At the moment, he is carrying an injury we have had for several weeks and we have to make sure that injury is completely healed. I am very hopeful it will happen still.”
Will the deal to sign the Boro ace go through?
Moyes certainly seems confident.
Randolph would hardly be an inspirational addition, but one that’s needed nevertheless. And he will undoubtedly be an upgrade on David Martin and Roberto.
It remains to be seen, however, whether the Irishman will pass his second medical. In truth, the last thing West Ham need is another injured player.
But because he is cheap, the Hammers board will undoubtedly still view the deal as good business regardless.