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According to The Independent, Liverpool are close to signing Adrian as a replacement for Simon Mignolet, who has joined Club Brugge after a six-year stay at the Merseyside-based club.
Well, the former West Ham glovesman is a free agent after leaving the Hammers at the end of last season.
The Spaniard departed having lost his place to Lukasz Fabianski, with just two FA Cup appearances to show for his efforts last term.
Liverpool were reluctant to let Mignolet leave having seen him as the model professional, although the Reds eventually agreed to sanction the Belgium international’s departure as the move was in his best interests – his transfer to Club Brugge will net the Merseysiders an initial £6.4m, and could rise to £8.2m.
As aforesaid, Adrian departed West Ham having made just two appearances in the 2018/19 campaign.
When asked by a fan why the 32-year-old was allowed to depart, Hammers chairman David Gold revealed on his Twitter account that Adrian was ‘desperate’ for first-team football.
Desperate to play first team football. dg https://t.co/neQgVz2cfF
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 30, 2019
Given the fact that Alisson Becker is the undisputed No.1 at Anfield, and rightly so after a campaign in which he won three Golden Glove awards, one has every right to question where Adrian gets more first-team football than he did in his final season with the Irons.
Mignolet was only afforded a single appearance last term due to Alisson’s heroics, so Adrian presumably won’t even be handed more than that with the £66.8m man in between the sticks performing so consistently well.
If Adrian really did want to leave West Ham as he was ‘desperate’ for first-team football, perhaps moving to a club who have arguably one of Europe’s best keepers in goal isn’t a bright move in regards to his personal aspirations.