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Pellegrini green lights Roberto exit

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West Ham United are set to listen to offers for goalkeeper Roberto in the January transfer window, according to Football Insider.

The reputable football outlet has claimed on their website that Manuel Pellegrini has given the Hammers the green light for the Spaniard to be sold after he was replaced by David Martin for the 1-0 win against Chelsea.

Football Insider reports that Pellegrini is keen to free up space in his squad for a new keeper, as West Ham set about finding another keeper to offer competition to Martin and Lukasz Fabianski in the second half of the season.

It is suggested that the process to find a replacement for Roberto has already begun at the London Stadium.


There is no surprise that West Ham could be looking to offload Roberto after only half a season in East London. The Spaniard has had nothing short of a disastrous couple of months since coming in to replace Fabianski, and Martin coming in and keeping a clean sheet against Chelsea on Saturday was most likely the final nail in the coffin for the keeper. The mistakes just kept coming with Roberto in between the sticks, and Pellegrini was left with no choice but to replace him after giving him more than enough chances to prove himself. With Fabianski back in training and edging towards a return for the Irons [Claret and Hugh], it will be no shock that he will be thrown straight back into the action, leaving Martin and Roberto both fighting for one spot on the bench, and the Spanish stopper leaving will certainly ease that potential headache for Pellegrini and West Ham.

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