West Ham remain hopeful of signing PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal this summer for £7.6m after his recent loan spell amid interest from Newcastle United
- Alphonse Areola deputised for West Ham in the Europa League this season
- The PSG academy graduate has spent all of his last six campaigns on loan
- West Ham are reportedly keen on signing the keeper permanently this summer
- Premier League rivals Newcastle United are also showing an interest in Areola
West Ham remain hopeful of signing Alphonse Areola from Paris St Germain despite late interest from Newcastle United.
Talks had been ongoing over a £7.6m deal to make the goalkeeper’s loan move permanent but Newcastle stepped in to express an interest in signing the 29-year-old and that is understood to have stalled discussions though West Ham believe he will prefer to stay in London.
Eager to find a long-term replacement for 37-year-old goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the Hammers have been speaking with Areola’s agents this week in a bid to sign him permanently.
West Ham remain hopeful of signing Alphonse Areola from PSG despite Newcastle interest
Talks had been ongoing over a £7.6m deal to make the goalkeeper’s loan move permanent
According to Fabrizio Romano, West Ham are ‘expected to trigger’ the buy option clause set out in Areola’s contract and ‘prepared to pay’ the fee to keep him in London.
Although the French goalkeeper only managed one Premier League appearance during his time away from PSG, he performed impressively in other competitions, making 11 appearances for West Ham in the Europa League.
The PSG academy graduate, who has been on loan away from the French capital for the last six seasons, still has one year left on his current deal.
The French goalkeeper only managed one Premier League appearance at the Hammers
Therefore, faced with the prospect of Areola exiting on a free next summer, PSG will likely cash in on the Frenchman this summer while they can.
During his time out on loan since 2015, Areola has earned caps for Fulham, Villareal and even Real Madrid.
He also won the 2018 World Cup with France as their third goalkeeper, despite not seeing any action on the pitch.
Lukasz Fabianski featured in all but one of West Ham’s Premier League matches this campaign
Fabianski has been David Moyes’ first-choice goalkeeper since 2018 following his arrival from Swansea and will likely keep his place between the sticks in the near future.
However, as West Ham secured European football for a second successive campaign – by way of the Europa Conference League – Areola will still have ample opportunity to show his worth even as a back-up.
The 29-year-old played a pivotal role in West Ham’s journey to the Europa League semi-finals, which they ultimately lost 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.
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