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West Ham handed huge boost in Bartlomiej Dragowski pursuit

West Ham United have been handed a huge boost in their bid to bring Bartlomiej Dragowski to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, who claim that, despite having been in continued talks with AFC Fiorentina regarding the extension of his current contract – which is set to expire in the summer of 2023 – the 24-year-old goalkeeper has now decided that he will seek a move away from the Serie A side at the end of the current campaign.

This will come as a huge boost to West Ham, who were heavily linked with a move for the Poland international in the January transfer window, especially when considering the fact that the shot-stopper’s asking price will now likely be much lower than the reported £10m fee Fiorentina were demanding last month.

Who would you rather West Ham signed?

Dragowski

Dragowski

Areola

Areola

Forget Areola

Despite the fact that Lukasz Fabianski has been reported to have agreed on a new one-year deal with West Ham, with the goalkeeper turning 37 years of age in April, the Hammers will undoubtedly be on the lookout for a long-term successor to the £900k-rated veteran this summer.

And, with it being appearing uncertain as to whether David Moyes will take up the club’s reported £11m option to make Alphonse Areola’s temporary stay at the London Stadium a permanent move this summer, Dragowski would very much look to be something of a perfect replacement for the France international as the Irons’ number two.

Indeed, while the £9.9m-rated ‘keeper has not featured a great deal for Fiorentina so far this season, the 24-year-old has nevertheless proven in previous campaigns that he is an extraordinarily talented option between the sticks.

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Over his 31 Serie A appearances back in 2019/20, the £27k-per-week stopper kept eight clean sheets and saved two penalties, as well as making an average of 3.2 saves per game, with these metrics seeing the player, who ex-Poland shot-stopper Jan Tomaszewski claimed has “great potential“, earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.95 – ranking him as La Viola’s seventh-best player in the league that season.

As such, considering his age, likely transfer fee and wage demands in comparison to the £138k-per-week 28-year-old Areola, it would appear highly advisable for West Ham to make a move for Dragowski ahead of the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper – as, not only would the Hammers be gaining a player with a much higher ceiling than the Frenchman, they would also save themselves millions of pounds in the process.

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