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West Ham United has confirmed the transfer of seasoned goalkeeper Wes Foderingham on a two-year deal.

Set to move on a free transfer on July 1st after his contract with Sheffield United expires, where he played 30 times in the Premier League during the 2023/24 season, the 33-year-old brings a wealth of experience.

While this signing might not stir much excitement, the reality is that Wes is unlikely to see much game time at West Ham this season. Hammers coach Julen Lopetegui seems to value having three senior goalkeepers as a critical component of his team strategy.

Foderingham’s role is also crucial in meeting the ‘homegrown’ player quota, especially significant with Ben Johnson’s impending departure.

With a career that includes stints as a trophy winner at both Rangers and Swindon Town, as well as accolades like the Football League Golden Glove and Premier League Save of the Month, Foderingham has accumulated nearly 500 senior appearances. His presence is expected to bolster the goalkeeping ranks, providing robust support and competition for Alphonse Areola and Łukasz Fabiański, under the mentorship of goalkeeper coach Xavi Valero.

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  • John Ayris says:

    Makes sense. No fee when money needs to stretch for a third choice keeper who also fills one of the home grown spots.

    • Gonzo says:

      Yes indeed John

    • WeDontNeedAnother30SomethingGK says:

      The single least exciting signing ever. It’s irrelevant that he’s “homegrown” if he never plays. All it does is the difference between a 24 man squad and a 25 man one (presuming we have 17 overseas and 7 other homegrown).

  • JOHN RIPPENGALE says:

    Just the player we need, transfer fee? Zero. Perfect, keep your purse closed Sully.

  • kcockayne says:

    He should fit in well; after all, he is used to conceding lots of goals !

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