West Ham have completed the signing of French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper will join the Hammers on loan with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
The French international is no stranger to the Premier League as he have already spent last season on loan in London withFulham
where he won the fans’ player of the season award.
’s intention of signing the World Cup winner was to provide competition for first-choice
before their Europa League campaign.
Areola has said he is delighted to continue in the Premier League and is looking forward to competing in European football for West Ham.
"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."
"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."
The France international was always on manager
’ list of targets and the Hammers’ boss is delighted with the signing of formerReal Madrid
"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.
"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.”