Paris became even more crowded: West Ham get Areola from PSG

Paris became even more crowded: West Ham get Areola from PSG

On the day in which Crystal Palace signed a player who was on loan with the relegated Fulham last season in Joachim Andersen, another London club did the same. West Ham United got the man who was in the goal for Scott Parker's side last season, Alphonso Areola.

The goalkeeper arrived on a loan although there is an option to make his stay permanent, that is likely to be used as Areola can no longer hope there is place for him at Parc des Princes. He was barely getting minutes with only Keylor Navas and Sergio Rico there, with Gianluigi Donnarumma arriving he is set to be just an afterthought for Mauricio Pochettino.

The 28-year-old might end up staying at the London Olympic stadium with the clause open to activation next summer. Their big season last year, when they were even close to Champions League football, swayed Areola to sign for the Hammers.

"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," said Areola.

Manager David Moyes extended his stay with the club not too long ago and he is getting rewarded with a team that will have the quality and the depth required for a four front war.

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

Areola joined PSG on a five-year training contract aged 13, spending the first three years training during the week at the world-famous Clairefontaine National Football Institute and playing for the club at weekends, before returning to PSG full-time at 16 in the summer of 2009.


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