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West Ham announce Alphonse Areola as they chase Chelsea defender

West Ham announce Alphonse Areola as they chase Chelsea defender

 

West Ham announce first summer signing

West Ham have the added fixtures that European football brings to their plans for next season, having qualified for the Europa League on the final day of the 2020-21 season.

However, they are yet to add an outfield player to their ranks this summer, despite Jesse Lingard’s loan expiring, and Felipe Anderson rejoining Lazio after three unsuccessful seasons in East London.

Instead, the Hammers have sourced a backup goalkeeper for veteran shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski, announcing the loan signing of Paris Saint-Germain man Alphonse Areola for the upcoming season.

The French goalkeeper impressed during a season-long loan at Fulham last time out, but could not prevent the Londoners being relegated from the Premier League.

As revealed by the club on social media, the Irons have an option to make the deal permanent next summer, although the potential price has not been disclosed.

Interest in Kurt Zouma

Meanwhile, David Moyes’ side are also thought to hold an interest in Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, with Sky Sports reporting that the London clubs are in talks over a deal for the Frenchman.

However, the transfer could well be complicated by Zouma’s potential inclusion in a deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with the Chelsea star reportedly being offered as part of a swoop for his fellow countryman.

As reported on-site earlier, however, Zouma is far from a certainty to be included in any deal with Sevilla, meaning Chelsea may rather accept the money from West Ham for the Frenchman, and put it towards signing Kounde.

Read more:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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