Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate has offered an update on the protracted move of his goalkeeper Darren Randolph back to West Ham.
The Hammers need a goalkeeper to offer backup to Lukasz Fabianski. Roberto was brought in this summer and his form was awful during a period where the Hammers slumped down the league and Manuel Pellegrini lost his job.
David Martin had a strong debut away from home at Chelsea but made a poor mistake trying to play out from the back against Sheffield United in Friday’s 1-0 loss.
And as per Sky Sports, Woodgate said: “It’s the longest medical I’ve ever known in history and I’ve had a few medicals myself. But this [medical] is unbelievable. Let’s see what happens over the next 24 hours. Darren is a professional, he’s been an outstanding keeper for us. We will wait and see.”
TBR’s View – Injury issues would make re-signing Randolph a risk
It’s easy to see why West Ham want Randolph back, on paper. He knows the club and the Hammers need a reliable backup stopper.
But with Fabianski having had two injuries already this season, there would be major risk in West Ham bringing back an aging player with an injury problem which is clearly severe enough to delay his transfer this long.
He has been impressive for Boro but perhaps West Ham need someone with a stronger injury record this month, or they could find themselves in more injury peril as the season wears on.