December 1, 2021

West Ham signs World Cup winning goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan

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 The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at Fulham, where he won the supporters’ Player of the Year award, despite being relegated from the Premier League. Follow our Asian bookies football to get free betting tips and more. 

“I’m happy,” said Areola. “For me it was the best opportunity to sign for this Club, to sign for West Ham and to try my best to help the team. “London is a great place to live and to work as well, and obviously the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world so I really enjoyed it last season. It was tough for me and for the team, but I enjoyed playing in the Premier League.”

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has also had loan spells with Real Madrid and Villarreal, winning four Ligue 1 and La Liga titles as well as lifting a succession of other trophies. He will be playing alongside West Ham’s veteran Lukasz Fabianski, who is also one of the Premier League’s most consistent goalkeepers but has also struggled with injuries.

“West Ham did a big season last year. Obviously we have the Europa League and the Premier League and the two cups, so it will be a tough season and a long season but I think we’re going to enjoy it all together. We have really good squad. I watched games last season so I know the potential and the talent in this squad, so I can’t wait to start,” Areola added. 

Manager David Moyes was also happy after securing another impressive talent in his squad. “Alphonse is an experienced and talented goalkeeper who has played at the highest level and performed very well in the Premier League last season,” he said. “We have been aware of his qualities for a long time and we have no doubt he will be another player and character who will enhance our squad.”

Areola played 36 matches while on loan at Fulham. He recorded nine clean sheets and 114 saves. Areola is under contract in Paris until 2023. West Ham had considered West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, but turned down the offer last month. They also held talks over a move for Ukraine international Heorhiy Bushchan. The Hammers are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of a Europa League campaign.

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