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Arsenal fans react as West Ham reportedly closing in on loan-to-buy deal

West Ham are reportedly close to announcing the signing of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a loan-to-buy deal. The France international starred for Fulham on loan during the 2020-21 campaign. West Ham are set to get Areola – leaving Arsenal fans frustrated.

Areola, 28, was excellent for Fulham in their fight to avoid the drop. Despite relegation, the 2018 World Cup winner clocked up an impressive nine clean sheets in 36 Premier League games. But relegation saw Fulham’s chances of a permanent deal stand at zero. Arsenal, meanwhile, need a goalkeeper.

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What are Arsenal fans saying about West Ham signing Areola?

Alex Runarsson almost joined Turkish side Altay Spor last week but the Icelandic’s loan fell through. He could still leave, though. Mat Ryan has gone, joining Real Sociedad on a permanent deal from Brighton. It leaves the Gunners with struggling Bernd Leno, and Runarsson.

Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to discuss reports that the Hammers are set to get Areola. L’Equipe – as per GFFN – claim that Areola will undergo a West Ham medical on Thursday. A deal is likely to be announced on Friday. Arsenal fans are questioning their club’s decision not to go after Areola, as he closes in on a move to West Ham.

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