West Ham are reportedly targeting a move for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge this summer, according to a report from Football Insider.
The outlet report that a West Ham source has suggested the Hammers are one of a number of sides monitoring a move for Etheridge this summer, after the Cardiff goalkeeper’s impressive season for the Welsh side this campaign.
Etheridge has been a standout player at Cardiff throughout the season, which ultimately ended with the Welsh club being relegated from the Premier League after just one year back in the topflight, with the 29-year-old recoding ten clean sheets and picking up the club’s Player of the Year award.
Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be looking for a new goalkeeper this summer, with second-choice keeper Adrian reportedly expected to be leaving the club in the transfer window.
If West Ham are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, then a move for Etheridge could be a very good option for Pellegrini’s side. The 29-year-old has been in excellent form throughout the season for Cardiff, helping his side stay in matches and record vital points, one example is Etheridge’s penalty save in a goalless draw at home to Newcastle early on in the season. However, despite being in fine form he was unable to prevent Cardiff from suffering relegation straight back to the Championship, after Neil Warnock’s side secured automatic promotion to the Premier League last season. There is likely to be some strong competition for Etheridge’s signature this summer, and there maybe other club’s interested whose goalkeeping situation is less clearer than the Hammers. Lukas Fabianski has been Pellegrini’s number one throughout the campaign and the Poland international has performed well for the Hammers, meaning it would be difficult for a new goalkeeper to claim his place in the team. That said if West Ham do sign Etheridge they would have two very good goalkeepers competing for a starting role next season.