West Ham United have had a miserable month or so, losing four of their last five games in the league. The Hammers have struggled lately, especially in defence, having conceded 13 goals in their last 6 games.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been without first-choice keeper Łukasz Fabiański, who was injured earlier in the season. Second choice keeper Roberto has struggled, and there have been calls to replace him in the January transfer window and sign someone who can take over from Fabianski in the future.
If the Hammers are to bring in a new goalkeeper in January, who could they bring? Let’s take a look at 3 goalkeepers West Ham United should target in January:
#1 Neil Etheridge
Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made a big impression last season in the Premier League and it was a surprise that no Premier League side signed him.
West Ham were linked with a move for him, but the Hammers decided to sign Roberto instead, which hasn’t worked for them at all.
Etheridge made the second most saves in the Premier League last season, while also keeping 10 clean sheets in the 2018-19 Premier League season. He has two years remaining on his Cardiff City contract, but he could be allowed to leave in January.
The Philippines international has played only 6 games in the Championship this season due to injury.
#2 Jack Butland
Jack Butland is another good goalkeeper that is stuck in a Championship side. The Englishman currently plays for Stoke City, but he could be on the move in January as the Potters are struggling in the league.
They are currently 23rd in the league and are one of the favourites for relegation, so it’s likely that there will be a mass exodus in the summer of not January.
Butland, who has 9 England caps, is just 26 years of age and has a long career ahead of him. He could be West Ham’s goalkeeper for the long term as Fabianski turns 35 in April and may not have many years in top-flight football left in him.
#3 Wayne Hennessey
Crystal Palace’s experienced goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has fallen down the pecking order at the club, playing second fiddle to Spaniard Vicente Guaita.
The Welsh goalkeeper may want a move to get first-team opportunities and could probably make the switch to West Ham, where he will get more game time.
Hennessey has a lot of experience playing in the Premier League, having made 180 appearances for Palace and Wolves in the Premier League. A steady hand in goal, he could be a good short-term addition to the Hammers squad.