West Ham United have completed the signing of 2018 FIFA World Cup winner French shot-stopper Alphonse Areola from on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 28-year-old France International will be joining the Hammers on a season-long loan deal initially, with the option to make the transfer permanent next summer in 2022.
French Alphonse Areola will be joining the Hammers on a season long loan from Paris Saint Germain
Areola has already garnered wide acclaim as an excellent goalkeeper, making more than 250 career appearances for the likes of mega clubs like PSG and Real Madrid, winning three Ligue 1 and a La Liga title ,with a succession of other trophies.
Areola will be continuing his career in east London next, and will provide for a top-class competition for the goalkeeping department with Lukas Fabianski and Englishman Darren Randolph, as West Ham prepare to make a solid team to challenge on four fronts.
“I’m happy. 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.” says the 6’5 tall Goalkeeper who has impressed with his exceptional athleticism.
“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.” stated Areola in his statement on signing for the London Club.
“Alphonse is an experienced and talented goalkeeper who has played at the highest level and performed very well in the Premier League last season,” said Hammers manager David Moyes who looked happy to secure another player of formidable talent and quality.
“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.” added the former Toffees gaffer, who looks forward to another great season with the club.