West Ham complete another piece of January business

West Ham United have completed another piece of transfer business, as they have loaned goalkeeper Roberto to Alaves for the remainder of the season, the club confirmed on their official website.

The Hammers were always likely to offload a stopper after securing the return of Darren Randolph to the London Stadium earlier in the month, and it is the Spaniard who has left the capital.

Even though Lukasz Fabianski is currently missing for West Ham, boss David Moyes thinks he has enough with his new recruit and David Martin as cover, and has allowed Roberto to head back to La Liga.

It was not an easy time with the Hammers for the Spaniard, signed in the summer after the club lost Adrian on a free transfer to Liverpool, as he failed to live up to the heights and looked like a rabbit in headlights at times.

Roberto was probably only signed as a back up to Fabianski, unknown to West Ham boss at the time Manuel Pellegrini that the veteran Poland international would get injured, and the 33-year-old would need to be utilised so much.

The former Espanyol stopper ended up featuring 10 times for the Hammers over the first half of the campaign, but on a number of occasions he was labelled at fault for goals against them, and his stint between the sticks generally coincided with their slump in form.

The Spaniard will now spend the remainder of the season away from West Ham with Alaves, a side in the bottom half of the La Liga table.

The Hammers goalkeeper could make his debut for his new team when they take on Villareal on Saturday evening, with everyone hoping he enjoys a successful spell, either to build up confidence for a return to the London Stadium next term, or to gain market value should he be sold.