West Ham sign goalkeeper Alphonse Areola with PSG
West Ham have completed the permanent signing of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from Paris St Germain.
The Hammers signed the 29-year-old on a five-year deal, following his successful loan spell in east London last season.
The French stopper revealed he had no qualms about making the switch permanent, with manager David Moyes also delighted.
“I feel good, I feel good, I’m happy to sign and happy to stay here permanently and I can’t wait to start training and get the job done,” Areola said.
“The main thing is that I felt the love from the fans last season. Something for me that is really important is to feel that I am loved.
“I know that I have to do my job and do everything to make them happy, and obviously also the team, my teammates, the staff and Xavi Valero too. The atmosphere last season was great, so I just wanted to do everything to stay here.
“I feel comfortable, I feel like when I sign for a club I want to feel like it’s like my second family. Obviously we’re here every day and we share a lot of time together , so I have to feel comfortable with everyone and feel comfortable with them too, so I just feel comfortable here.
The Hammers are also expected to seek a deal to bring Jesse Lingard back to the London Stadium on a free transfer, while Chelsea’s Armando Broja is reportedly another target.
Hammers boss Moyes, however, hailed Areola’s permanent capture, adding: “Alphonse made a huge contribution to the club during his loan spell last season. His performances confirmed why we consider him one of of the best goalkeepers.
“He brings proven quality and experience to the highest level, both nationally and internationally. We are delighted to have him with us permanently and we look forward to welcoming him back for the pre-season.