West Ham are believed to be continuing negotiations over a deal for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola

Originally discussions started for a loan move with an option to buy at the end of the 2021/22 season. 

However, the Ligue 1 giants perhaps favoured either an immediate permanent sale or a loan with an obligation to buy included. 

According to French outlet RMC Sport, as cited by West Ham News & Views on Twitter, the negotiations remain ongoing. 

Areola spent last season on loan at Fulham and the Frenchman suitably impressed for the Cottagers despite ultimately suffering relegation to the Championship.

The 28-year-old was part of the World Cup-winning squad for France in 2018 and has also made 107 appearances for the Parisien club previously. 

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Signing Areola would likely be a nod towards a changing of the guard as a future number one at the London Stadium. 

Although current occupant Lukasz Fabianski continues to maintain a high level of performance, at 36 years old, David Moyes is right to operate a contingency. 

Facing competition from the newly signed Italian hero Gianluigi Donnarumma and ex-Real Madrid star Keylor Navas in the French capital, it’s of little wonder Areola would seek another move away. 

Valued at £15.3million and under contract until 2023 in Paris (Transfermarkt), the Hammers must be confident of striking a low-cost deal. 

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