West Ham United have completed the signing of Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough.
The 32-year-old has moved to East London for an undisclosed fee just two-and-a-half years after moving to the North East from the Hammers.
Randolph was expected to complete the move last week but the move stalled after West Ham had concerns over the goalkeeper’s medical results.
The stopper had been out of action for almost two months with a thigh injury, but those worries have now been subsided with the move officially completed.
Speaking to Middlesbrough’s official website about the move, Woodgate said: “Darren has been a great player for this football club. He is a terrific professional who wants to play in the Premier League, and this is an opportunity for him.
“We wish Darren the very best of luck for the future.”
Signing a replacement goalkeeper
With Darren Randolph moving on there’s a real chance that Middlesbrough could look to sign a replacement.
Aynsley Pears has done an excellent job so far this term, while Tomas Mejias has provided suitable cover when playing in the FA Cup.
It is, however, likely that the Teessiders will want to bring in a third option.
It’s unlikely that Middlesbrough would spend the full fee received for Darren Randolph on a goalkeeper, but if they can secure a senior replacement who is capable of challenging for the number one jersey then that will be ideal.
It remains to be seen whether that will happen in January or in the summer, but you can almost guarantee the arrival of a new goalkeeper in the coming months.
Use funds to extend contracts of star men
It might be boring but it’s a move that plenty of supporters would be behind.
Several star players such as Daniel Ayala, Jonny Howson, Ryan Shotton, George Friend and Rudy Gestede are all out of contract in the summer, with no deals yet to be agreed with the players.
All of these players are thought to be on substantial wages and may need to take a pay cut to stay at the club.
Funds raised from the sale of Darren Randolph could be subsidised and used as extra funds in the wage budget – something which could be the difference between retaining these stars and not.
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Invest in high potential talent
Middlesbrough’s news transfer policy is based around signing high potential talent with a view to selling them on.
That means that the funds raised by the sale of Darren Randolph could go a long way to signing one or two new additions for the first team.
If the Teessiders can use this deal t0 kickstart a process of signing talent from the EFL or around Europe, they could start to build a business model which is financially prudent and would go a long way to ensure that the club are self-sufficient.
This would mean that the team could be boosted by exciting young players who are all keen to make a positive impression on Jonathan Woodgate and carve out a career in England or elsewhere.
It might mean that any new signings aren’t headline-grabbing names, but it could certainly lead to an exciting new chapter for the club.