West Ham United have signed Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee, as reported by the club’s official channels.
The 32-year-old signed on a three-and-a-half-year deal on his return to the Hammers, making the step up from the Championship.
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He is likely to come in as a backup option for Lukasz Fabianski when the Poland international is available.
We are pleased to confirm the return of Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Darren Randolph to the Club. pic.twitter.com/gxp3lJfPM5
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 15, 2020
There are plenty of West Ham fans who are underwhelmed by the acquisition of the Republic of Ireland international.
This stance was indicated by one fan sarcastically saying “next level stuff”, while another has referred to the move as “pathetic”.
Having somebody come in who made 28 league appearances across two seasons as a goalkeeper is not exactly the most exciting move.
Next level stuff.
— James Edrupt (@edrupt_james) January 15, 2020
We are pleased to confirm the signing of a player that was deemed not good enough, to join the manager we also previously deemed not good enough. He will immediately slot straight into the line up for the massage bed, good luck Darren.
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) January 15, 2020
I doubt a single West Ham supporter is pleased about this. He was worse than Adrian, who we let go for nothing. Wasn’t good enough 2 years ago. Presumably he was cheap as payments from Boro outstanding. The club deserves to be relegated: the supporters don’t.
— Paul Anderson (@PaulAndersonNE6) January 15, 2020
— Daniel Honey (@dan_whu) January 15, 2020
There are also concerns around his injury record, as he has already missed 13 league matches this season, with one fan putting “#incompetentboard” at the end of their tweet showing disgruntlement.
This stance comes with Lukasz Fabianski and David Martin both having suffered from injuries of their own this campaign.
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When looking at the deal, one of the fans insisted that you “can’t get more West Ham than that”.
Signing an injured player in a position with an injury crisis can’t get more West Ham than that.
— chris (@whuchr) January 15, 2020
So we have brought in a keeper who hasn’t played for months due to injury to cover our injured keepers. Clever move that. I have to ask, in what way do you think this is a good signing. We are the worst run club in the PL. Its actually embarrassing having the owners we have.
— William Field (@wilfield71) January 15, 2020
Yay, we’ve signed another injured keeper! This really sums up our transfer window so far #incompetantboard
— Ian Westerling (@westers123) January 15, 2020