West Ham could be set to make a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero this summer, according to a report published by Football.London.
As things stand, Caballero is set to be released by the Blues this summer. West Ham are in need of a new goalkeeper this summer to provide quality competition and cover to first-choice shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks. Adrian who served as second-choice keeper this season leaves the club this summer.
This means that there will not be any experienced keepers in the squad apart from Fabianski as things stand. The 34-year-old Fabianski was without a doubt West Ham’s most consistent player this season. Were it not for him, the club may have well flirted with relegation.
Any keeper who agrees to come to the London Stadium would have to do so under an understanding that they will start next season as second-choice. A move for Caballero would make complete sense.
The 37-year-old is a mature player with plenty of experience under his belt. He will do a solid job if called up to replace Fabianski. Caballero and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini also share a good relationship.
Caballero has previously played under Pellegrini at Malaga as well as at Manchester City. In 2014, the Chilean manager took the keeper to City as cover for Joe Hart. Caballero would ultimately go on to win the first-choice keeping position at City albeit for a few months and on a temporary basis during the 2016-17 season when Claudio Bravo was struggling for form.
He ended up joining Chelsea as cover for Thibaut Courtois the following season.