Lukasz Fabianski is set to join West Ham from Swansea City this week, according to Claret and Hugh.
The Hammers blog, which is an excellent source of news and frequently delivers the inside track ahead of the mainstream media, claim the Polish goalkeeper will become the Londoners’ second summer signing after Ryan Fredericks.
Claret and Hugh report West Ham have agreed a fee with Swansea for the transfer of Fabianski and he will pen a £50,000-a-week deal in the coming days, with an announcement due by the weekend.
Fabianski might not put bums on seats or excite fans in the manner of an attacking player or even a midfield maestro. But he will be a fine signing. Some West Ham fans might point at some of his hapless displays in his Arsenal days when he looked a rabbit trapped in the headlights whenever a cross came near the six-yard box, but he is a much-improved performer. The 44-times Poland international has been a mainstay for Swansea over the last four years and has proved he can cut it in the Premier League with 150 appearances for the club. Technically excellent, he has sharp reflexes, kicks well with both feet and has become far more effective as a communicator than when he was in awe of the likes of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal. His fee should not be too big – he’s 33 and his Swansea contract expires in a year – which means the big Pole is a low-risk signing. And a very smart one if they can pull it off this week.