Goalkeeper Randolph returns to West Ham

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND goalkeeper, Darren Randolph, has re-signed for West Ham United following a two-year stint with Championship outfit, Middlesbrough.

The 32-year-old stopper has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal at the London Stadium with the fee believed to be in the region of £4m.

Capped 42 times by Ireland, Randolph initially arrived at West Ham from Birmingham City in 2015 – making 42 appearances in all competitions before heading to Teesside in the summer of 2017.

Speaking to ww.whufc.com on his move, a delighted Randolph explained: “I’m delighted to be back at West Ham United. I had two great years at the Club previously and still have a lot of friends here, so I had no hesitation in coming back.

“West Ham is a massive club, with fantastic supporters and an excellent squad of players.

“It’s a great challenge for me and I am really looking forward to working with the goalkeepers here and helping the team in any way I can.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Middlesbrough – the management, staff, players and fans – for their support. I had a great time there and wish them all the very best for the rest of the season.

“This opportunity was simply too good to turn down, though. It’s a great feeling to be back in the Premier League with such a fantastic club, and I can’t wait to get started.”

With Lukasz Fabianski struggling with a minor recurrence of his hip injury, Randolph is expected to be in the Hammers squad to face Everton at the London Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Brian Jeeves

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