Newcastle United have attempted to hijack West Ham’s bid to sign Alphonse Areola.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim the Magpies have shown ‘late interest’ in the PSG goalkeeper.
Areola spent last season on loan at the London Stadium, acting as deputy to Lukasz Fabianski. He has been the Hammers’ cup goalkeeper, playing all but one game in their journey to the Europa League semi-final.
The 29-year-old has provided strong competition for Fabianski, which is why West Ham want to sign him permanently. The report adds that talks had taken place over a £7.6million move.
However, those talks have now stalled after Eddie Howe’s side swooped in. But despite interest from Newcastle, David Moyes and co believe Areola will join them.
Alphonse Areola fits the profile of what Newcastle want
That’s despite the fact that Martin Dubravka has had an excellent 2022 so far. He’s well clear of Newcastle’s other options.
However, that probably suggests why Howe is eyeing a new goalkeeper. He wants more competition for Dubravka, without necessarily signing an out-and-out replacement.
That’s why a move for Areola would make sense. He’s had a curious career, going from PSG number one to perennial loanee.
The bloke is a World Cup winner, while he’s also acted as backup at Real Madrid. He’s clearly incredibly talented, but finds himself at clubs where he plays second fiddle. He’s good enough if called upon, but rarely given the chance to be first choice.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Areola has been a target for Newcastle. Steve Bruce reportedly wanted him in 2020. However, he joined Fulham instead where he impressed.
At 29, the Frenchman still has a long career ahead of him. He could compete with Dubravka and then eventually replace him.
However, that feels unlikely. A move to West Ham is much more probable, and will likely be better for his career. He’s better placed there to replace Fabianski, who is now 37.
Areola fits the profile of what Newcastle are probably looking for in a goalkeeper, but he already has a better offer on the table.