Collymore Backs West Ham To Make Surprise Swoop For £30M Arsenal Outcast

Ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore believes West Ham should consider making an offer for Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The England international has lost his place to David Raya and, speaking to Caught Offside, Collymore said that the 25-year-old could be a great addition to the Hammers’ squad:

“I wonder if West Ham might fancy him They’ve got Alphonse Areola and Lukasz Fabianski as their two senior keepers but both are into their 30s with the latter close to turning 40, so it seems a change in that position is coming sooner rather than later.”

“Could Ramsdale be the man for David Moyes? – I think so, and I also think that’s one club that could offer him exactly what he’s looking for.”

Ramsdale will be available for the right price

Arsenal paid Sheffield United the best part of £30m to sign the keeper in 2021 but, within the space of two seasons, he has been relegated to playing in domestic cup games.

With the Gunners needing to raise money for other signings, there is a good chance that Ramsdale will be sold if they receive a good enough offer during the January transfer window. Chelsea and Newcastle have already been mentioned as potential suitors.

Signing a new No.1 is not a priority for West Ham

Areola may be 30 now but he has plenty of years left at the top level. Since replacing Fabianski as first-choice in the summer, the France international has not let his manager down so you can’t see him being replaced anytime soon.

In addition, the Irons have their own concerns with Financial Fair Play so they will have to prioritise which areas of the pitch they want to strengthen. The club are said to be targeting wingers, strikers and centre-backs this month. A new keeper is therefore not on the agenda.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.