West Ham United manager David Moyes is hopeful that goalkeeper Adrian will sign a new contract with the club, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims that the Spaniard has been stalling over a deal due to a perceived lack of first-team opportunities, but his boss is willing to give him a chance to stake a claim for a regular place between the sticks.
Adrian made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Sunday against Manchester City with Joe Hart, who is on loan from the Citizens, ineligible to face his parent side.
The Hammers performed well in a 2-1 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s league leaders, with the 30-year-old turning in a standout performance.
He has put himself in the frame to start when Chelsea visit the London Stadium this weekend, despite Hart’s return to contention.
The England international has been in poor form this term, culminating in a dreadful performance against Everton last week.
Hart gave away a penalty in the first half of that encounter and was later punished as he rushed from his line to make a poor clearance that Wayne Rooney drove into the unguarded net.
A dismal Euro 2016, in which the former Shrewsbury Town stopper was at fault for several goals conceded by his country, seems to have prompted his decline, with Guardiola then sending him out on loan to Italian outfit Torino for the entirety of the 2016-17 campaign.
His Serie A experience was mixed to say the least, with some positive performances marred by a number of costly errors.
At West Ham he is still yet to rediscover his best football, leaving a chance for Adrian to re-establish himself as the number one.
It now seems likely that the ex-Real Betis star will remain in Moyes’ starting XI for the visit of the Blues on Saturday.
Adrian’s current contract runs until 2019 after the club triggered an extension clause over the summer.