EXCLUSIVE: no end to Irons’ goalkeeping dilemma

RandolphWest Ham are no closer to solving the goalkeeping dilemma created by the sending-off of Adrian.

The Hammers are continuing to study their options, but at the moment a move for Rob Green looks highly unlikely – even though Adrian is now out for the next three matches (following yesterday’s unsuccessful appeal to the Football Association) and the club’s ‘in-house’ options are very limited.

ClaretandHugh understands Rangers’ hopes of signing Huddersfield ‘keeper, Alex Smithies, may have hit a snag at the medical stage.

There’s clearly a sense of unease and nervousness inside West Ham, as Darren Randolph faces a three game spell between the posts as the search for a new stopper with a proven pedigree continues.

A club insider told ClaretandHugh: “We are looking. Green was never that high on the list given QPR’s situation and other factors.

“Darren made an uncertain start in the early games, but he was excellent at Birmingham City and their fans were very unhappy when he left, and they considered him to be one of their best players.

“The result of the Adrian appeal was bad news. We can’t afford to be without our top goalkeeper for three games. But we will have to get on with it – we can’t cry over spilt milk.”


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

7 comments on “EXCLUSIVE: no end to Irons’ goalkeeping dilemma

  1. What’s this about Zaraté, please, Hugh?

  2. I can see the rumoured Anders Lindegaard loan happening for several reasons:
    1. We’re desperate – although how Darren Randolph and Raphael Speigel will feel about it remains to be seen
    2. A month’s short-term loan is a cheap option that will appeal to the Daves
    3.Lindegaard himself will want to play first team football to remind everyone he’s still alive and kicking (although hopefully not as high as Adrian)
    4. Man Utd will be happy to supply a player who will play against (and hopefully frustrate), one of their main rivals, Liverpool.

    This is one of the ways that the rules on third party ownership of a player – the rules that cost us so much over Carlos Tevez – is a complete nonsense. Man Utd could effectively allow one of their players to have a bearing on the outcome of a game involving a close rival.


  3. Randolph signed prior to Billic, so will be interesting to see if the board sign another goalkeeper as they where behind him coming in.

  4. If we are going for Lindegaard why not instead go for the better keeper playing for their youth team, Victor Valdes ?

  5. Why not show a bit of faith in Randolph and SB.He’s an international keeper not out of the U18’s

  6. I hope he proves everybody including myself wrong and has 3 clean sheets,
    When he looked shaky playing for us we did have quite poor sides on the pitch,
    Good luck Randolph

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