West Ham United reportedly have received a ‘firm bid’ from Ligue 1 outfit Lorient for goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

That’s according to French journalist Mohamed Toubache-Ter who claims that West Ham have decided to keep hold of Areola…for the time being.

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The 29-year-old joined the Hammers on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021, and then made his move to the London Stadium a permanent one in 2022 for around £8 million (The Athletic).

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However, he is still yet to establish himself as the club’s number one goalkeeper. That’s crazy in my opinion – he should be starting week in, week out in front of Lukasz Fabianski.

And David Moyes’s reluctance to use the 29-year-old consistently has obviously led to Lorient believing that they can sign him…

West Ham receive bid for Areola

The Hammers have knocked back a bid from Lorient for Alphonse Areola.

That’s according to French journalist Mohamed Toubache-Ter:

I just cannot see West Ham selling Areola.

David Moyes’s inexplicable use of the Frenchman is beyond a joke but still, he surely will remain at the London Stadium beyond the end of this season.

He is a fabulous goalkeeper, and has so much quality. He will undoubtedly be our number one from next season onwards.

Areola has a huge role to play for West Ham in the future. Carlton Cole once labelled the French World Cup winner as ‘unbelievable’.

And the club shouldn’t even entertain any offers for him.

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