West Ham United confirmed the £4million signing of goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough on Wednesday – but The Guardian has claimed they considered an Aston Villa stopper before re-signing Randolph.
Randolph, 32, has rejoined the club after leaving in the summer of 2017 to join Middlesbrough. He clocked up 42 appearances for West Ham in all competitions during his two-year spell in east London, and is now set to add to that.
The Hammers have been desperate to bring in cover for Lukasz Fabianski, who has struggled with a hip injury this season. The Pole missed three months of football during the first half of the season, and is now out until end of January.
It has seen West Ham bring in cover in Randolph, but he was just one of many goalkeepers considered – including Villa flop Kalinic, who has managed just eight outings since his £7million (Guardian) move to the Midlands club.
Kalinic is expected to leave in the near future, especially with Villa signing Pepe Reina on loan from AC Milan. Dean Smith also boasts Norway international Orjan Nyland and Jed Steer, with Tom Heaton currently sidelined.
TBR’s view – West Ham make right choice in avoiding Kalinic
Do not let the Croatia caps fool you. Kalinic was considered an enormous coup when Villa splashed £7million to land him in January 2018 – but it was certainly a case of too good to be true, as he struggled from the off.
Just one clean sheet and 15 goals conceded in his eight appearances, Kalinic was taken out of the firing line and is yet to return. He is likely to leave, and has been linked with French side FC Nantes in recent weeks.