New deal might force Areola out

Various outlets are reporting that West Ham United are set to open talks with goalkeeper Łukasz Fabianski over extending his contract.

The Hammers keeper’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and it had been assumed that he would wave goodbye to his teammates when the deal terminates. However, Fabianski has reportedly surpassed manager David Moyes expectations this season, and has remained the first choice with Alphonse Areola as understudy.

Areola has been unable to shift the 37 year old former Polish international from automatic selection for almost two years despite his reputation. Including loan fees, West Ham have spent £11M bringing Areola to the London Stadium and the total financial liability including wages could exceed £40m if he completes the full term of his contract.

Areola looks likely to make debut

Areola had hoped to be playing fist team football in preparation for the retirement of Hugo Loris, who was the French nation teams first choice. Fulhan were also keen to sign Areola from PSG this summer but it is believed the keeper thought his International chances would be better served at West Ham.

Whilst the new deal for Fabianski might be excellent news for the player and club, it may well hasten Areola’s departure.


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4 comments on “New deal might force Areola out

  1. A top Keeper or an old man of pushing 38, it really is hard to work it out. Forget Fabianski and get someone better and keep the Goalie who should have been our number one all Season is it rocket science. Why can’t the Board see this ?

  2. Would be a mistake to loose Areola , he’s a good keeper ! Make Fabianski second choice for cup games and as cover . Replace really should be our number 1 next season ⚒

  3. Next year Areola number one, Fabianski number two. I think that’s the plan.

  4. Man- manage it Moyes, give Areola some games not months on the sidelines. At 38 Fab should not be number one next year but a brilliant reliable number two. No brainer.

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