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Report identifies two firm West Ham transfer targets

West Ham United are hoping to strengthen in the January transfer window by completing the signings of goalkeeper Darren Randolph and defender Javier Manquillo, according to The Athletic.

The Hammers know that they need reinforcements if they are to make their quest to survive in the Premier League an easier one, and boss David Moyes is getting to work on bringing players in over the next few weeks.

It is understood that West Ham have agreed a deal with Middlesbrough for the return of goalkeeper Randolph, who left the London Stadium back in 2017.

He has gone on to play on more than 100 occasions for the Championship outfit, but looks set to battle it out with current stopper Lukasz Fabianski to be the Hammers’ first choice custodian for the remainder of the season.

It is believed that West Ham will pay £4 million for his services, with that deal expected to be completed sometime this week, meaning he could be in place when the Londoners head to Sheffield United on Friday night.

The goalkeeper position was one which needed urgent attention for the Hammers, after the poor form of Roberto earlier in the campaign, when he was forced to deputise for Fabianski, to disastrous effect.

Another spot in the West Ham side that needs surgery is the right-back one, a need that became all the more important on Sunday evening, when Ryan Fredericks went down with what appeared to be a hamstring injury during the win over Gillingham.

His replacement Pablo Zabaleta came on and opened the scoring for the Hammers in that match, but he is the only option available to Moyes in that defensive slot now, heightening the importance of finding more competition in that area.

Newcastle United full-back Manquillo is the man who is said to be top of the shopping list for the West Ham boss, as he goes about recruiting someone as quickly as he can.

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