West Ham United have seen their first move of the January transfer window rejected.
Various reports have claimed West Ham will be active this month.
And they need to be. There are several deficiencies in their squad which have been exposed during a torrid season so far.
Football Insider claims the Hammers will look to sign four players.
A new back-up goalkeeper, at least one midfielder – if not two – a right-back and a striker are believed to be the target positions.
West Ham linked with former ‘keeper
West Ham have been linked with a move for former goalkeeper Darren Randolph in recent weeks.
Despite Manuel Pellegrini’s sacking the Hammers continue to be linked with the Middlesbrough star.
But in what is West Ham’s first foray into the January transfer market, a bid to bring Randolph back to East London as number two to Lukasz Fabianski has been rejected.
That is according to a new report from Sky Sports.
Randolph’s return on ice after bid is rejected
“West Ham have had an undisclosed bid rejected by Middlesbrough for their former goalkeeper Darren Randolph,” Sky Sports claims.
“Moyes is in the market for a new keeper with Fabianski only recently returning to the side after injury and question marks remaining over deputies Roberto and David Martin.”
If West Ham’s owners and management know what is good for them in terms of fan relations they should ensure the likes of Roberto and Carlos Sanchez never represent the club again.
They are symbolic of the kind of cheap, unambitious, reckless recruitment that has undermined the tenure of co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
Penny-pinching or being frugal?
West Ham fans would welcome the return of Randolph.
He only left West Ham for ‘Boro to keep his place as the Republic of Ireland’s number one.
That will not be under threat even if he does play second fiddle to Fabianski.
The fact West Ham have seen their first move of the window rejected will feel like groundhog day for supporters.
But there is no harm in the owners bargaining for the best possible deal. Especially in the early days of the window.
The less they have to pay for Randolph, the more money there will be to spend on midfielders and a striker.