West Ham eye £15m Alphonse Areola transfer as PSG loanee faces Fulham decision

West Ham are monitoring Fulham’s on-loan goalkeeper Alphonse Areola ahead of the summer transfer window, as they look to the future between the sticks.

The 28-year-old has had an excellent season while on loan at Craven Cottage from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Areola has made 32 Premier League appearances this term and is rated by his parent club at around £15million.

Fulham have an option to purchase Areola outright at the end of the season, but the Frenchman wants to wait to see what division the Cottagers will be competing in before deciding if he will stay.

They currently sit 18th and six points off of Burnley above them, and the Clarets have played one match less than Fulham, who have five top-flight fixtures last term.

West Ham are considering a move should Scott Parker’s Fulham side be relegated at the end of this campaign – but PSG could also decide to keep the France international.

The Hammers’ No 1 choice Lukasz Fabianski, 36, has a contract at West Ham until 2023, but the club are looking for a longer term option in goal.

Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar has also been linked with the Hammers, as has Queens Park Rangers shot-stopper Seny Dieng.

West Ham boss David Moyes is meanwhile hopeful of having striker Michail Antonio back available before the end of the season.

“More than hopeful,” he said. “We have to hope somewhere along the line we can get Micky, Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell, Arthur Masuaku back in amongst it.

“Because they have been important players throughout the year so we are aware if we can get them back it will help us.

“From the start of the season, we have seen all sorts of teams have injuries so the job is to try and get on with it and to be fair we have done pretty well coping without a few of our players recently and we will keep that going.

“Injuries are part and parcel of football and I always look at it another way, the players coming in have a big chance to show what they can do and take the opportunity to stand up and hopefully that is the case.”

He added of Cresswell: “He is getting closer put it that way. We will monitor it and see how he feels [for Chelsea].”

The Hammers take on Chelsea knowing victory would see them leapfrog the fourth-placed Blues in their bid to qualify for the Champions League.

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And Moyes continued: “We are in the mix certainly for some form of European football, whether it is the big one I don’t know but we are going to try and make sure we are close. 

“We have a couple of difficult games coming up and a few injuries like everybody else, but undoubtedly I can see us going right to the last game of the season with something to play for.”


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