Millwall goalkeeper David Martin will join West Ham United on July 1, according to the club’s official website.
They report that the experienced 33-year-old stopper will link up with the Hammers at the start of next month, having signed a two-year contract at the London Stadium – with the option to add a third.
Martin is the son of former Hammer Alvin, and was keen to emphasise that despite the fact he’s coming from a bitter rival in Millwall, he has claret and blue in his blood.
He said: “Signing for West Ham United is a dream, both for me and my family. I’ve grown up around West Ham and to come to my boyhood club is a dream.
“I came to games as a kid at the Boleyn Ground. I loved watching my Dad play, and I’ve continued coming to games throughout my career. You can see the impact the fans can have on the team and it gives you goosebumps. The fans at West Ham are brilliant and it’s fantastic to be a part of this great club.”
It seems like a lovely move for Martin but many supporters can’t understand why their club have signed their second goalkeeper within a matter of days – after Roberto signed from Espanyol.
While there are other positions that need strengthening, backup goalkeepers to Lukasz Fabianski are not going to get the pulses racing, but the Hammers fans seem confused about why two have been needed to replace the outgoing Adrian…
How many keepers do we want
— Sam (@WestHamLondon) June 3, 2019
In case you wasn’t aware boys, we signed a GK already x
— Jack Fox ⚒ (@jackdtfox) June 3, 2019
Let’s get another keeper in lads to be sure
— Michael Deas (@mike_deas) June 3, 2019
Two goalkeepers? Weird start to the transfer window ?
— GameRiot (@GameRiotArmy) June 3, 2019
Considering we have Fabianski – and already signed a keeper, should we not have spent this money elsewhere where it’s needed more?!
— K R I S S I E (@Coffers1981) June 3, 2019
33 year old keeper. https://t.co/WZlDbY0a1u
— Chris Bennett (@nObByWhU) June 3, 2019
thought this would be off when we signed Roberto wtf
— Liam (@liamions) June 3, 2019
Why 2 new keepers????
— Glennyboy (@GlenWorrell) June 3, 2019
Our problem is scoring goals not conceding or maybe I missed a new law change that says you can play 2 keepers..
— Dazza (@dazza7370) June 3, 2019
Why do we need another back up keeper?! Surely a waste of wages…
— Matt Waite (@MattWaite5) June 3, 2019
Didnt think this would happen after roberto
— mark noble's my dad (@marknoblesmydad) June 3, 2019