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West Ham prepare a move for Preston goalkeeper Declan Rudd

West Ham United are set to make a move for Preston North End goalkeeper Declan Rudd, as reported by Football Insider.

What’s the story

The Hammers are said to be preparing a move for the Championship stopper as an alternative to Darren Randolph.

There is concern around the Republic of Ireland international’s fitness, which has only been heightened by Lukasz Fabianski picking up another injury during the loss against Sheffield United.

Hopes are being raised that they will be able to bring Rudd in for £750,000, due to the fact that the 28-year-old’s contract comes to an end in the summer of 2020.

Rudd has played 27 Championship games this season, keeping five clean sheets and conceding 1.2 goals, while making 2.3 saves per game.

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Back to Preston

This move would see Moyes immediately going back to Preston – where he had his first managerial role – in his opening transfer window as West Ham manager, just as he did the first time around.

In that instance, he went in for Jordan Hugill towards the end of the January transfer window in 2018, for a fee of around £10m, as reported by BBC Sport at the time.

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Which two players were seen “hugging and kissing” each other in the tunnel ahead of Manchester United game against Liverpool, prompting Roy Keane to say that he was “disgusted” and claim that the players should have been preparing to “go to war”?

In their report regarding Hugill, they included a statement from Preston that suggested “they could not stand in his way for the chance of top-flight football”, so Moyes will surely hope the Championship side takes a similar stance this time.

Things haven’t turned out too well for the striker at London Stadium so far, as he managed just 22 minutes of football in the second half of that campaign, across three substitute appearances – and he currently finds himself out on loan at Queens Park Rangers.

Who would you rather see West Ham sign?

Darren Randolph

Darren Randolph

Declan Rudd

Declan Rudd

If Fabianski’s injury does turn out to be another serious one, as his most recent issue kept him out for 11 Premier League matches, Rudd could amass much more time than Hugill has managed with the Hammers.

Meanwhile, West Ham fans were frustrated by Moyes’ decision against Sheffield United.

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