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Report: Declan linked with Preston move

West Ham are considering a £750,000 move for Preston North End goalkeeper Declan Rudd claims the Deepdale Digest

Preston North End may need to replace Rudd soon as the 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and whilst he has been spoken to about a new deal, there hasn’t been much movement on that in recent times.

Preston is at risk of losing Rudd and West Ham are said eyeing a  move for the shot-stopper after suffering injuries to Fabianksi with a lack of confidence in Roberto and David Martin.

West Ham’s move for Darren Randolph is on hold due to his current hip injury and the report suggests David Moyes is looking at alternatives to the Middlesbrough stopper, with Rudd allegedly one option.

Moyes is well connected at Preston having been a player and starting his management career there.

He previously signed Jordon Hugill for £9m from Preston North End during his first six-month spell managing the Hammers.

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11 comments on “Report: Declan linked with Preston move

  1. Cheeky title 🙂

  2. This does not represent an ‘upgrade’ on David Martin, who has dome more than OK in the first team. His only real blunder was against the Blades, when he over-estimated Balbuena’s ability to move sideways.

    • One very costly blunder in five games He’s not PL I’m afraid.

    • Liking Martin, out of respect for his father, does not make him good enough.
      Even the club see his a third choice behind Roberto.

      I think we need to be looking for a new number 1 keeper personally (nothing against Fab, who has done a sterling job for us).

  3. Is Moyes for real, I don’t believe for one minute we would be looking at buying a keeper who is 28 and not deemed good enough for PL. Does Moyes and the board not realise we need to get a no 1 keeper in as Fab cannot be trusted in terms of fitness. I will be astounded too if they continue their pursuit of Randolph. Moyes and the board need to wake up quickly and cough up for a keeper, midfielder and forward and no more rubbish please, we have enough already in the likes of Wilshere, Ajeti, Sanchez….

    • Rudd. has done ok for us but is not a premier League keeper. We will take £1 million from you on top of the £10m for Hugil.

  4. It’s ridiculous if the board comes around with this one. Just looking at players with no contracts or contracts that soon expire. I don’t understand have we can be so limited, we saved millions on the wages we got rid of and proximity had a net spend of 30 millions in the summer. Where is all the money going into the club. There is no ambitions from the board and need to sell now. BOARD OUT

    • And who exactly is going to buy us?
      And do you expect new investors just to sink 100’s of millions of their own money in?
      Like it or not football is a business.
      Also, much of the money ‘saved’ in wages was already over spend due to the ‘board’ getting players in to cover injured and useless strikers.

      Just think back to how it was under the Icelandic’s, without Gold and Sullivan we would have been bankrupt!

  5. I never thought Obiang was given a fair opportunity and here we are searching madly for a decent defensive midfield player. Now, in typical West Ham style, we first chase Randolf even though he wasn’t good enough for the EPL before, and we apparently failed to notice that he was injured. What chance do we have of attracting decent players with genuine futures if this is the extent of our planning and our ambition.

  6. no doubt moyes has been watching him all season, if he’s impressed then why not, a bargain number 2 who is out of contract, reportedly he’s been doing well this season.. i suspect this one is more for our clubs than prestons

    we should consider a move for Juan Foyth who wants out of spurs and is available for 10-15m, he easily starts ahead of fredericks at right back as well as starts ahead of balbuena and cresswell at CB

    Sander Berge is another at 18m who starts ahead of noble and could start ahead of rice, serious competition.. for 2 spots we currently have no competition in

    if we can offload yarmo for 10m we are within budget

    • Two good options there and would certainly add to the much needed competition for places.
      If we spend circa£30mil on these two and sell Yarmo for £10mil how is that within budget though?
      I think the board need to scrape £50mil or so together to back Moyes and give him, and the club, a fair chance.

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