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swindon hammer 6:22 Thu Jul 29
Alphonse Areola Signed

West Ham United sign World Cup-winning goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan

West Ham United have completed the loan signing of 2018 FIFA World Cup winner Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 28-year-old France international joins the Irons on an initial season-long deal, with the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer of 2022.

An outstanding goalkeeper, Areola has made more than 250 career appearances for the likes of PSG and Real Madrid, winning four Ligue 1 and La Liga titles and lifting a succession of other trophies. He spent last season with Fulham, where he excelled under former West Ham midfielder Scott Parker and won the club’s Player of the Year award.

Now, he will continue his career in east London, and will provide top-class competition for the goalkeeping department as the Hammers prepare to challenge on four fronts.

“I’m happy,” said Areola, who has exceptional athleticism for a man who stands 6’5 tall. “For me it was the best opportunity to sign for this Club, to sign for West Ham and to try my best to help the team.

“London is a great place to live and to work as well, and obviously the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world so I really enjoyed it last season. It was tough for me and for the team, but I enjoyed playing in the Premier League. We were without the fans, but this year we will have the fans back so I can’t wait to see the atmosphere.

“West Ham did a big season last year. Obviously we have the Europa League and the Premier League and the two cups, so it will be a tough season and a long season but I think we’re going to enjoy it all together.

“We have really good squad. I watched games last season so I know the potential and the talent in this squad, so I can’t wait to start.”

Manager David Moyes was happy to secure another player whose talent and quality will improve his West Ham United squad.

“Alphonse is an experienced and talented goalkeeper who has played at the highest level and performed very well in the Premier League last season," he said.

“As we prepare for a very busy schedule, he will provide fantastic competition for the goalkeepers already at the football club and we are going to need to use our squad to ensure compete to the best of our abilities across all competitions.

“We have been aware of his qualities for a long time and we have no doubt he will be another player and character who will enhance our squad. We welcome Alphonse to West Ham United and look forward to working with him.”

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Hammer and Pickle 8:45 Thu Sep 23
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Sorry - 2nd clean sheet this season of course if you count the DZ game.

Hammer and Pickle 8:07 Thu Sep 23
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As others have pointed out, Areola has the kind of penalty area presence that comes athleticism and a readiness to put himself about. Fabiański has lost this and it was interesting to see the improvement in Dawson and Diop’s game as they kept the first clean sheet this season. Dawson seemed to be actually enjoying himself.

Mex Martillo 4:53 Thu Sep 23
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I don’t see Fabianski lasting the whole season without an injury. That’ll be Areola’s chance and I think he’ll do well when it comes.

Sir Alf 4:37 Thu Sep 23
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"reaching confusion" .... hmmm Freudian slip? :-)


Sir Alf 4:36 Thu Sep 23
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Opinions as always. Watched Areola a lot last season for Fulham ( what else was there to do but watch footie in lockdown) and he was superb. Give him a few more games and weeks with the club before reaching confusion. Takes a while to get an understanding with the defenders etc.

He is , being the younger man by some way, a better all round keeper. More athletic you could see that and he will likely take over the number one spot by end of season or certainly start of next season unless he morphs unexpectedly into Roberto the Clown.

scott_d 4:24 Thu Sep 23
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He had a whole season at Fulham without any or many momentous fuck-ups so a Modern day David James is way off in my opinion.

Agree that he needs to be playing though, that way we'll see how good he really is.

sand iron 4:18 Thu Sep 23
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Modern day David James.

He’ll put off the odd worldy but make some momentous fuck-ups along the way..

Needs game time & hopefully mature quickly, if he does we might have a keeper..

Time will tell..

Mex Martillo 4:12 Thu Sep 23
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Accurate long kicking is asking a lot. I thought it was good that he got the ball out very quickly a few times to get a fast counter attack going. One sticks in my mind where he made a long throw past a ManU player out to Johnson or Fornals on the left, I liked that.

claypole 1:25 Thu Sep 23
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Everytime Fabianski goes long we generally lose possession so I was interested to if there was going to be an improvement. Unfortunately at the moment it doesn't look like it

AKA ERNIE 1:02 Thu Sep 23
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Deal disagree mate, Fabianski who has been superb for us not the same keeper last few months.
Not making the saves he used to.

dealcanvey 12:50 Thu Sep 23
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I thought he done well after a nervy start. You can tell he is a good shot stopper.

Fabianski still def 1st choice but be good to see Areola in some Europa games.

chim chim cha boo 12:29 Thu Sep 23
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I missed last night's game but from some of the stuff I have read on here it sounds quite exciting and I will watch it somewhere today.

Honestly thought that we would throw it but it's great to we've got a a great Squad for once and are able to give the league cup a go. Unheard of in the past!

I love being a glory supporter!

Eerie Descent 12:23 Thu Sep 23
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People are going to realise just how brilliant Fabianski has been when he's too old to be number 1.

Fifth Column 12:21 Thu Sep 23
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I'd not understood why he wasn't starting. Having seen him last night I can understand why. Some of his shot stopping was superb but his kicking was poor and some of his decision making wasn't great. A very different type of keeper than Fab. I'd start him in Europa games though as he needs matches.

Block 12:17 Thu Sep 23
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I noticed him saying something about he didn't hear the call, so I think he was caught out of position and wasn't sure on his angles so punched it.

Come On You Irons 12:12 Thu Sep 23
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Yes, ropey. Considering he came out to collect a cross early on and completely didn't get there and was beaten to it by Baily, and that later on he needlessly punched a cross he easily could have caught.

It was clearly a ropey start.

AKA ERNIE 12:06 Thu Sep 23
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coli-ropey 1st half ? well apart from the superb save from antic oh and the fact he didn't let a goal in but yeah otherwise well ropey

Lee Trundle 11:40 Thu Sep 23
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Mayumi "Maz" Pacheco was the first, PASH.

Come On You Irons 11:38 Thu Sep 23
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Ropey first half, but he improved in the second half and looked solid.

As an aside, he must surely be the first FILIPINO to have played for West Ham.

Russ of the BML 11:36 Thu Sep 23
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He is flamboyant. That's why he caught my eye when he was playing for Fulham.

Hugely confident and he won't ever think twice. He makes his mind up and comes for it.

I think we may have a few hearts in our mouth moments with him but, overall, I think he's quality and will be a really good keeper for us.

Hammer and Pickle 11:36 Thu Sep 23
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Definitely needs to start next game and I’d be shocked if he does not.

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