Fulham will miss the 29-year-old

Premier League club West Ham United are ready to unleash the €9m option they have on Paris St-Germain shot-stopper Alphonse Areola to bring him to the London Stadium on a permanent basis, they say Journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The 29-year-old spent much of the 2021/22 season behind Lukasz Fabianski in the pecking order under David Moyes, making 18 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers but making just one appearance in the Premier League.

However, he played an important role in the Europa League’s semi-finals run ahead of defeat by Frankfurt in early May, although his future was still uncertain at the time.

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Despite a £6million offer being rejected last summer, West Bromwich Albion shotstopper Sam Johnstone has remained linked with a move to the English capital, with the 29-year-old available as a free agent as of today.

England international Nick Pope is also said to be on the Hammers’ radar, although they are now expected to approach their goalkeeping department internally, with loanee Areola’s permanent option triggered accordingly Romano.

The journalist also revealed the Premier League side will contact the Frenchman’s agents this week to quickly seal that deal – dealing a blow to Fulham, who were reportedly interested in a shot-stopper reunion.

The judgment:

Considering he was already used to life at Craven Cottage due to his time at the club during the 2020/21 season it would have been a good addition and given the price West Ham are set to recruit him for, perhaps he is one of the more favorable candidates to succeed Marek Rodak.

Already used to life in London, also due to those spells with the Cottagers and the Hammers, it might not have been a difficult task for the former to lure him back. With Marco Silva also able to offer him more first-team football than Moyes, they might even have won the race for his signature if the two were in similar positions to recruit him.

In a smart move by the Hammers, they have given themselves the advantage of having a permanent option on his deal, although Silva’s side should keep that situation in mind should talks fall through.

Ideally though, the Cottagers need a shot stopper as soon as possible so he can put together a full pre-season of football at the Cottage so he can settle in and maybe get off to a flying start in 2022/23.

That could be crucial to keep them afloat in the top flight beyond next season – as they could be close to bottom again and need to keep goalkeeping errors to a minimum if they want to finish above the relegation zone.

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