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Alphonse Areola signs for West Ham on loan from Paris Saint-Germain

Alphonse Areola signs for West Ham on loan from PSG
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West Ham United confirm the arrival of Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain on loan with the option of a permanent deal.

West Ham United have confirmed the arrival of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain on an initial season-long loan.

The 28-year-old returns to the English top flight after playing a starring role for Fulham last season, keeping nine clean sheets in 36 league games for the relegated Cottagers.

Areola would have been behind Gianluigi Donnarumma and Keylor Navas in the ranks at PSG this season, though, and West Ham have moved to sign the shot-stopper on loan with an option to buy in 2022.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Areola 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.

"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."

Manager David Moyes added: "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."

Areola joins West Ham having kept 53 clean sheets in 107 appearances for PSG, and he was part of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup.

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