West Ham United could reportedly pass up the chance to sign on-loan ‘keeper Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal, owing to the player’s hefty salary.
According to respected insider ExWHUemployee, (via westhamzone), the Frenchman’s current wage could prove a major stumbling block in the Hammers’ hopes of keeping him at the club beyond this summer, with the 29-year-old reportedly taking home roughly £125k-per-week at parent club Paris Saint-Germain.
Speaking about the situation on the West Ham Way Podcast, the trusted source said of the three-cap international that: “The manager likes Areola and it’s just that his wages are £125k/week. This would mean that he would be the highest-paid player and if he’s going to be backup to Fabianski next year, you can’t pay your backup keeper the highest wage at the club.”
The World Cup-winning stopper made the move to the London Stadium on a season-long loan deal over the summer, although do have the option to make it permanent.
Although there is a sense in not handing out such a vast wage to a player who hasn’t even been the regular number one in the Premier League this season, it would seem foolish to discard the Paris-born giant at the end of the campaign, particularly following his impressive form in the Europa League.
Dubbed “remarkable” by commentator Peter Drury, the £8.1m-rated man has featured in ten of the club’s 11 games in the continental competition, only sitting out the very first group stage clash away at Dinamo Zagreb.
Since then, he has registered five clean sheets in the Hammers’ surge to the semi-final stage, conceding just 0.7 goals per game and making 2.8 saves per game, while also averaging a 7.12 match rating – the sixth-best among David Moyes’ squad in Europe this term.
The Poland international has been the undisputed number one over the last few seasons – having joined from Swansea in a £7m deal back in 2018 – although at 37 he is now perhaps coming towards the end, with a younger replacement on the agenda.
There have been rumours of a deal for Burnley’s Nick Pope and West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johnstone, perhaps showing signs that Moyes and co are looking towards the future in the goalkeeping department.
Declan Rice’s future is also of great importance to the club but in Areola, they have someone who they must also do their best to keep in east London.
He is already a man who has shown his worth at the London Stadium and supporters would surely agree that it would be a mistake not to snap him up permanently.