West Ham desperately need to sign a new goalkeeper.
Roberto will surely be moved on as soon as possible and David Martin isn’t exactly a top class stopper.
Also, it must be remembered that Lukasz Fabianski will be 35 in April.
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So the Hammers must look at a long-term replacement for the Pole as well as providing stiffer competition for him.
And there have already been plenty of names mentioned in the press.
Meanwhile, Hammers insider ExWHUemployee claimed that the east London outfit are keen on Stoke City’s Jack Butland.
West Ham quite simply must avoid moves for the first two names mentioned, and go for Butland instead.
Randolph and Begovic would be the cheap options. The Stoke man would undoubtedly be expensive, but would be by far the better option for the long-term.
He is only 26 and still has at least a decade left ahead of him playing at the highest level.
The Middlesbrough and Bournemouth keepers would do a job for one or two seasons, but then the Hammers would be right back at square one, looking for another goalkeeper for the long-term.
The Sun claims that Stoke will demand around £35 million for Butland, and in today’s market, that would actually represent decent value for West Ham.
Whether David Sullivan and David Gold see it that way, however, is another matter entirely.