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West Ham United are reportedly close to bolstering their goalkeeping options with the free transfer signing of experienced Premier League shot-stopper Wes Foderingham, according to The Athletic

The Hammers currently have Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola in their ranks, both considered talented goalkeepers. However, the club recognises the importance of having adequate cover in case of injuries.

Foderingham, 33, will join West Ham after his contract with Sheffield United expires at the end of June. The experienced goalkeeper boasts over 100 Premier League appearances, making him a valuable addition as a third-choice option. His age suggests a willingness to accept a limited playing role while potentially mentoring young goalkeeping prospects at West Ham.

Beyond strengthening the goalkeeping department, Foderingham’s signing offers an additional advantage. As West Ham nears the limit of non-homegrown players in their squad, Foderingham’s English status helps them comply with Premier League regulations. This free transfer signing proves particularly shrewd given the potential departures of other players.

While the ideal scenario involves minimal playing time for Foderingham, his presence could provide a valuable safety net in case of injuries to Fabianski and Areola, both of whom have a history of injury problems.

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  • Colin Western says:

    Sensible signing. Squad depth and home grown quota addressed for a goalkeeper content to be a back up. Not a headline signing but all part of the urgently needed squad refurbishment.

    The Bruno transfer is the one I would like wrapped up asap. Seems to be a problem meeting the player’s salary requirements. Lots of web site and media speculation about player asking too much or West Ham not offering much more than he earns now. Lets hope Steidten has the autonomy for “wiggle room” in negotiations of the terms and not being “worked” by Sullivan who allegedly has some history of “penny sense and pounds foolish” posturing.

    • John Ayris says:

      Yes he fills one of the home grown slots for no transfer fee and is credible as a third choice. A prudent rather than headline signing.

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