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'Getting closer': Romano shares update claiming West Ham are on verge of 'fantastic' signing

Fabrizio Romano has shared an update regarding West Ham United “getting closer” to signing Alphonse Areola permanently.

The Hammers brought the 29-year-old to the London Stadium on loan from PSG last summer.

David Moyes utilised Areola as his cup goalkeeper, with Lukasz Fabianski preferred in the Premier League.

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The France international made 18 appearances in all competitions for West Ham last term.

This included 11 in the Europa League as the Hammers reached the semi-finals of the competition.

Areola also helped West Ham beat Manchester United and Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

“Alphonse knows Lukasz is number one at the minute but he’s great around the boys,” Mark Noble said after the win over Pep Guardiola’s side.

“He doesn’t sulk, he comes in and he’s been fantastic in the Europa League games that he’s played and fantastic in the Carabao Cup games.”

Now, it looks as though West Ham are closing in on making Areola a permanent signing.

Romano, writing on Twitter, claims the Hammers are “finally progressing” in talks over the 6ft 5in ace.

There are also “positive feelings” on the player’s side, he added.

West Ham will reportedly have to pay around £10.3million for Areola’s signature.

West Ham have made one signing so far this summer, landing Morocco international defender Nayef Aguerd from Rennes.

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