With recent reports from The Metro claiming West Ham won’t exercise their option to sign Joe Hart permanently once his underwhelming loan campaign at the London Stadium comes to an end, the Irons will be on the lookout for a new No.1 this summer.
According to Portuguese publication A Bola, as translated and reported by Sport Witness, that’s seen the east Londoners emerge as contenders in the race for the signature of Rui Patricio, Portugal’s 68-cap shot-stopper who offers European-competition-pedigree from his eleven seasons as Sporting Lisbon’s No.1.
But allegedly price-tagged at €30million(£26.36million) and also attracting interest from Serie A, the 30-year-old glovesman certainly won’t come cheap this summer and the absence of European football at the London Stadium could prove a major stumbling block. One modestly-priced alternative though, comes in the form of Huddersfield’s Jonas Lossl.
Transfermarkt value the Danish international at just £2.25million, less than a tenth of A Bola’s valuation of Patricio, although West Ham would likely have to pay more than that due to his somewhat complicated transfer situation.
Huddersfield signed the 29-year-old from Mainz last summer with an option to buy, so – assuming David Wagner’s side will take it up – the Irons would firstly need to convince Lossl to turn down a permanent move to the John Smith’s Stadium, and then secondly match whatever fee the Terriers had agreed with the Bundesliga outfit.
However, Lossl seems worth the extra work required to bring that deal into fruition. Laurent Depoitre inevitably stole the headlines on Wednesday night as Huddersfield drew at Stamford Bridge to confirm their Premier League status for next season, but that vital point owed as much to the man between the sticks as their goalscorer.
During a goalmouth scramble, it was Lossl who pulled off an immaculate save to deny Andreas Christensen’s header, seeing the ball late amid a crowd of players but doing just enough to flick it onto the post with his fingertips.
Those kind of heroics too, have been symptomatic of Lossl’s season. In total, he’s made 98 saves and kept ten clean sheets despite the Terriers being arguably the least equipped side in the Premier League this term.
His passing accuracy, just 57%, admittedly leaves something to be desired, but whereas Hart and Adrian have both struggled with the most fundamental aspect of being a goalkeeper – keeping the ball out of the net – Lossl has shown he’s a consistently reliable option.
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