Alphonse Areola has left PSG to join West Ham on a season-long loan. The deal has the option of making the move permanent. Last season, the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was on loan with Fulham. Playing for the Premier League football club he was one of the club’s standout performers despite the Cottagers’ relegation.
With PSG recently adding Euro 2020 winner Gianluigi Donnarumma to their ranks, as well as Keylor Navas, Areola has been on the lookout for a move away from Parc des Princes, and the Hammers have won the race to sign him.
Speaking to the club’s official website the 28-year-old said: “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.”
“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,” he added.
“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 a 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.”
West Ham coach David 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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