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West Ham remain hopeful of signing PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal this summer

West Ham remain hopeful PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola will get a permanent deal this summer for £7.6million following his recent loan spell amid Newcastle United interest

  • Alphonse Areola replaced West Ham in the Europa League this season
  • The PSG academy graduate has already loaned out his last six campaigns
  • West Ham are reportedly keen to sign the keeper for good this summer
  • Premier League rivals Newcastle United also show interest in Areola

West Ham remain hopeful of signing Alphonse Areola from Paris St Germain, despite late interest from Newcastle United.

Talks were underway about a £7.6m deal to make the goalkeeper’s hire permanent, but Newcastle intervened to show interest in signing the 29-year-old and that is expected to have brought discussions to a halt. although West Ham thinks he would rather stay in London.

The Hammers, who are looking for a durable replacement for 37-year-old goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, have spoken with Areola’s agents this week in an attempt to sign him permanently.

West Ham remain hopeful to sign Alphonse Areola from PSG despite Newcastle interest

West Ham remain hopeful to sign Alphonse Areola from PSG despite Newcastle interest

Talks were underway over a £7.6m deal to make the goalkeeper's loan permanent

Talks were underway over a £7.6m deal to make the goalkeeper’s loan permanent

According to Fabrizio RomanoWest Ham is expected to activate the purchase option clause in Areola’s contract and is willing to pay the fee to keep him in London.

Although the French goalkeeper made only one appearance in the Premier League during his absence from PSG, he performed impressively in other competitions, making 11 appearances for West Ham in the Europa League.

The PSG academy graduate, who has been on loan to the French capital for the past six seasons, has one year left on his current contract.

The French goalkeeper only managed one Premier League appearance in the Hammers

The French goalkeeper only managed one Premier League appearance in the Hammers

Therefore, faced with the prospect of Areola leaving for free next summer, PSG are likely to cash in on the Frenchman this summer while they can.

During his loan spell since 2015, Areola has earned caps for Fulham, Villareal and even Real Madrid.

He also won the 2018 World Cup with France as the third goalkeeper, despite seeing no action on the pitch.

Lukasz Fabianski has featured in all but one of West Ham's Premier League games this campaign

Lukasz Fabianski has featured in all but one of West Ham’s Premier League games this campaign

Fabianski has been David Moyes’ first-choice goalkeeper since 2018 following his arrival from Swansea and is likely to retain his place among the sticks for the foreseeable future.

However, as West Ham secured European football for a second consecutive campaign – through the Europa Conference League – Areola will still have ample opportunity to show his value, even as a backup.

The 29-year-old played a vital role in West Ham’s journey to the semi-finals of the Europa League, which they eventually lost 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.

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