West Ham United are interested in bringing Darren Randolph back to the club with Middlesbrough weighing up cashing in on the goalkeeper in January, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (8/12; page 61).
It would be no surprise to see the Hammers strengthen their goalkeeper options in the winter. Roberto has proved to be a hugely disappointing signing, conceding 16 goals in just seven Premier League appearances.
It appears that Lukasz Fabianski should be back by the time January arrives. However, Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly looking to add to his ranks.
The Sun on Sunday (8/12; page 61) suggests that Randolph is on the club’s radar more than two years since he left the Irons for Boro.
The 32-year-old has been an inspired signing for the Championship side. He was named in the division’s Team of the Season last term.
The Sun on Sunday has suggested that Jonathan Woodgate’s men may be forced to sell the Republic of Ireland international to raise funds. And West Ham have joined several Championship sides in monitoring the stopper.
TBR View – Randolph may be a shrewd signing for Hammers
It must be frustrating for West Ham to see the club reportedly target players that they already had. It arguably says a lot about the Hammers’ recent record in the transfer market.
But Randolph – who did spend some time as the club’s first choice – could still be a shrewd signing. The club clearly need a better backup to Fabianski, and their former keeper is one of the best in the second tier.
Pellegrini will be hoping that he does not need his second choice once Fabianski returns. But having a player of Randolph’s calibre in reserve would be a big boost if the Poland international suffers another significant injury.