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Ireland's number one goalkeeper Darren Randolph has found a new club
West Ham have agreed to sell the 30-year-old to Middlesbrough, subject to a medical and personal terms.

IT LOOKS AS though Darren Randolph is on the move as Middlesbrough have announced that they’ve agreed a deal in principle to sign him.

The Wicklow native — capped 21 times for Ireland — has been at West Ham since 2015 and established himself as first choice under current manager Slaven Bilic for a period. However, the Hammers boss opted to drop him and reinstate Adrian for the final month of last season.

England international Joe Hart arrived on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City this week, and that has spelled the end of Randolph’s time with the Londoners.

A former Chartlon Athletic, Motherwell and Birmingham City stopper, the 30-year-old will move to newly-relegated Championship outfit Boro if he can agree personal terms and pass a medical when he travels to Rockliffe Park on Saturday.

Manager Garry Monk has been handed the job of attempting to make a swift return to the top flight, and Randolph will join international team-mate Cyrus Christie, Jonny Howson, Cyrus Christie, Martin Braithwaite, Britt Assombalonga and Connor Roberts (loan) as the summer signings.

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Former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes was first choice last season but the Spaniard was released along with Brad Guzan and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, so Randolph will almost certainly be handed the number one shirt.

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