In Focus: Cairns not goalkeeping answer for West Ham

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic is considering bringing Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Alex Cairns to the London Stadium this summer.

What’s the story?

It would be fair to say that neither Adrian nor Darren Randolph have really impressed between the sticks for West Ham during the 2016-17 campaign.

Adrian, who started against Everton at the weekend, has made 12 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this term, whilst Randolph has been given the gloves on 22 occasions.

Both have had their difficult moments this term, and it is understood that Bilic wants to sign a new goalkeeper this summer to provide competition for the faltering duo.

According to the Daily Mail, rather than seek a big-name stopper with Premier League experience, Bilic is considering moving for 24-year-old Fleetwood goalkeeper Cairns, who has impressed during the 2016-17 League One season.

Is Cairns the answer for West Ham?

It was not too long ago that West Ham were being linked with a move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is still on loan with Italian side Torino.

Hart is expected to have the pick of a number of clubs if he leaves Man City this summer, however, and West Ham face a tough task to convince the England number one to join the club.

Cairns was actually released from Leeds United in 2015, but the stopper has broken into the Fleetwood team this season – keeping 15 clean sheets in 29 appearances for the League One side, who are in promotion contention approaching the final couple of matches.

Cairns did not make a single appearance for Fleetwood until October 2016, but his performances since the turn of the year have reportedly led to a number of scouts paying a visit to the Highbury Stadium.

West Ham need an experienced and proven operator at the highest level, however, rather than a goalkeeper who is still developing in the lower leagues.

The Hammers will find it difficult to sign Hart this summer, but moving for a League One stopper who is unproven in the Premier League would be a mistake that an under-pressure Bilic cannot afford to make.

 


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