West Ham have been linked with a shock move to raid Barcelona for a future replacement for Lukasz Fabianski.
Hammers boss David Moyes signed Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain on loan in January.
West Ham are expected to make the Frenchman’s move to the London Stadium a permanent one next summer for around £11 million (Wyn Foot).
Areola will undoubtedly be our undisputed number one very soon…it’s only a matter of time.
With Fabianski’s contract set to expire in the summer of 2022 and Darren Randolph being pushed out the door at the London Stadium (Claret and Hugh), Moyes may well be on the look-out for another goalkeeping addition.
And it seems as though Moyes has his eye on one goalkeeper in particular.
West Ham linked with shock move to sign Lukasz Fabianski replacement
According to Sport, the Hammers are tracking Barcelona stopper Neto.
The one-capped Brazil international would be a decent, cheap option for West Ham.
Neto, 32, is very good with his feet and has great distribution. He isn’t the most aerially commanding of goalkeepers, however.
And that may well be a factor considering the robust, aggressive nature of Premier League football.
Sport claims that the goalkeeper, who joined Barca for around £22 million in the summer of 2020, is set to leave the Camp Nou at some point this season this season.
Barcelona are allegedly willing to let him leave on loan as long as there is a purchase obligation involved in the deal. He is valued at around £15 million by the Catalan giants (Sport).
It must be said though, West Ham have a lot more pressing priorities than signing another goalkeeper.
Even if Fabianski and Randolph do leave the London Stadium, we have Nathan Trott, Joseph Anang and Krisztián Hegyi coming through the ranks.
Fab, who earns £60k-a-week (WT Foot), would be a good person to keep around the place, even if he plays limited minutes next season.
Whilst Neto wouldn’t be a bad signing for the Hammers, he should be well down Moyes’s January and summer wish-lists, that’s for sure.