Hammers recruit World Cup-winning stopper Areola

West Ham United have completed the loan signing of French World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola from Ligue 1 giants, Paris Saint-Germain.

The 28-year-old provided cover for Hugo Lloris during France’s successful 2018 tournament. As well as PSG, the player has represented Real Madrid and most recently Fulham, making 36 appearances for the Cottagers as well as being named the clubs’ Player of the Year.

The experienced stopper expressed his delight following the move; “I’m happy,” he told www.whufc.com.

“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. We were without the fans, but this year we will have the fans back so I can’t wait to see the atmosphere.

“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 a 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.”

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Brian Jeeves

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