Monday 24 July 2017

Randolph facing Hart threat

West Ham's Darren Randolph. Photo: PA
West Ham's Darren Randolph. Photo: PA

Jason Burt

Darren Randolph's future at West Ham is up in the air after it emerged that the Hammers are keen to sign Joe Hart and make him their new No 1.

The deal for Hart, who spent last season in Italy with Torino, would most likely be a season-long loan and it is understood that the England international wants to make the switch.

Randolph and Adrian battled it out to be first-choice last term, with the Bray native unshipping manager Slaven Bilic's original favourite before losing his place towards the end of the season after a poor run of form.

West Ham duly activated a clause to extend Adrian's contract, so the arrival of Hart would leave Randolph in a very difficult position.

An intriguing complication could be if Manchester United sell David de Gea to Real Madrid, as it is believed manager Jose Mourinho is genuinely interested in signing Hart.

However, it is extremely difficult to see Manchester City allowing the 30-year-old to cross over to their city rivals.

A move to West Ham makes more sense and the club would regard the signing as a big statement of intent ahead of the new season, with Hart also looked upon as a strong character and a potential squad leader.

West Ham are also looking at a move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as part of their summer recruitment drive.

Irish Independent

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