Alphonse Areola: West Ham sign PSG goalkeeper

By Simon StoneBBC Sport
Areola in action for Fulham
Areola was on loan to Fulham last season

West Ham have signed French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from Paris St-Germain, with a view to a permanent deal.

Areola, 28, spent last season on loan at Fulham, where he won the supporters' player of the year award.

West Ham want to provide competition for first-choice Lukasz Fabianski, 36, before their Europa League campaign.

"The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, so I really enjoyed it last season," said Areola.

"London is a great place to live and to work as well. It was tough for me and for the team, but I enjoyed playing in the Premier League.

"West Ham did a big season last year. 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."

The France international, who was always high on manager David Moyes' list of targets, has been with PSG since 2010.

But Areola has spent the last two seasons on loan, having previously been at Real Madrid as back-up to Thibaut Courtois before the Fulham spell.

The Hammers had a bid for West Brom's England international Sam Johnstone turned down earlier this month.

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

"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."

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