West Ham are reportedly close to signing an experienced Premier League goalkeeper on a free transfer.

While both Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola are amazing goalkeepers in their own right, all it takes is two untimely injuries for West Ham to be in serious trouble.

Obviously, this is extremely unlikely to happen, but it’s far from impossible. In order to make sure they’re covered, the club are keen on bringing in a third choice goalkeeper and, according to Roshane Thomas, they’re close to doing so.

Wes Foderingham will leave Sheffield United when his contract expires at the end of next month after four years at the club. He made over a century of Premier League appearances for the Blades and is a brilliant keeper to have as a third choice.

Being 33-years-old he will be more willing to accept next to no game times and will hopefully be able to guide the next generation of young goalkeepers in East London.

However, aside from adding depth, there is one massive benefit to signing Foderingham and that’s the fact he helps the Hammers fulfil their homegrown quota. Considering they’re already close to not having an eligible squad with more players expected to leave, it makes sense to bring in someone like the veteran keeper on a free transfer.

You’d hope it wouldn’t come down to him having to actually play, but it’s always nice knowing you’ve got that extra bit of protection in case it does, especially when both of our Irons’ keepers are fairly injury prone.

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