West Ham minds will be made up on bargain buy Alphonse Areola after Burnley slapped a ludicrous £40m valuation on Nick Pope.
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for in-form Burnley stopper Pope.
Particularly after claims that Areola, who the Hammers have on loan from PSG with an option to buy, has a weekly wage of around £150,000 per week.
Areola would reportedly cost West Ham just £11m to sign permanently.
Regardless, reports have still abound that David Moyes could move for Pope – particularly if Burnley are relegated.
But West Ham minds will surely be made up on bargain buy Areola after Burnley slapped a ludicrous £40m valuation on Pope.
That’s according to a new report from The Sun, which claims West Ham and Fulham are interested in Pope.
The report claims that Burnley want a ‘staggering’ £40m for the England goalkeeper.
“As SunSport revealed earlier this year, Fulham have been eyeing Pope for a while, while West Ham have also been linked,” The Sun reports.
“But the clubs had hoped to pay closer to £20m – especially with Burnley staring at relegation.”
Pope is a fantastic goalkeeper. But at 30 years old, £40m is a ludicrous valuation.
Even at £20m, Areola is surely the better signing.
The France international’s presence, agility, distribution and ability to launch the ball with either foot make him the perfect modern goalkeeper.
At 29, Areola could be West Ham’s number one for the next five or six years.
Conversely Pope is nowhere near as comfortable with the ball at his feet, an aspect of his game that Gareth Southgate has admitted has impacted his England chances.
As reported by Hammers News last week, Areola appeared to drop a major hint over his West Ham future at the club’s end of season awards.
A West Ham insider also denied claims from Hammers legend Tony Cottee recently that Moyes has already done a deal for an England goalkeeper.
And yesterday French outlet Jeunes Footeux stated that West Ham will imminently activate their option to sign Areola on a permanent deal from Paris Saint-Germain.