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PSG goalkeeper joins West Ham on permanent deal

Alphonse Areola signed for a reported £7.75 million (€9 million) on Monday.

Alphonse Areola previously spent time on loan at West Ham.
Alphonse Areola previously spent time on loan at West Ham.
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WEST HAM signed France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth a reported £7.75 million (€9 million) on Monday following his loan spell at the Premier League club.

Areola agreed a five-year contract with the Hammers and will compete with Lukasz Fabianski for the role of first-choice keeper at the London Stadium.

The 29-year-old said: “I feel great. I’m happy to sign and happy to stay here permanently and I can’t wait to start to train and to do the job.

“The main thing is that I felt the love of the supporters last season. Something for me that is really important is to feel that I’m loved.

“I know that I have to do my job and to do everything to make them happy, and obviously also the team. The vibe of last season was great, so I just wanted to do everything to stay here.”

West Ham boss David Moyes was pleased to get Areola back to the club.

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“Alphonse made a huge contribution to the club during his loan spell last season. His performances backed up why we see him as a top goalkeeper,” he said.

“He brings proven quality and experience at the highest level, both on the domestic and international scene.”

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