Darren Randolph has described his move to West Ham United as ‘too good to turn down’.
The 32-year-old has moved to East London for an undisclosed fee just two-and-a-half years after moving to Middlesbrough.
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.
His departure his undoubtedly a blow for Jonathan Woodgate’s side, but explaining the move the 32-year-old says that he was delighted to have another crack at the Premier League.
Speaking to the West Ham official website, Randolph said: “I’m delighted to be back at West Ham United.
“I had two great years at the Club previously and still have a lot of friends here, so I had no hesitation in coming back,” he said. “West Ham is a massive club, with fantastic supporters and an excellent squad of players.
“It’s a great challenge for me and I am really looking forward to working with the goalkeepers here and helping the team in any way I can.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Middlesbrough – the management, staff, players and fans – for their support. I had a great time there and wish them all the very best for the rest of the season.
“This opportunity was simply too good to turn down, though. It’s a great feeling to be back in the Premier League with such a fantastic club, and I can’t wait to get started.”
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While his decision to leave Middlesbrough is a big blow, it’s hard to argue with Darren Randolph’s reason.
To get another opportunity to play in the Premier League is a huge lure for a goalkeeper who is reaching the final few years of his career – particularly when it’s with a club who he has a close affinity with.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side will need to move on quickly with the hope being that they don’t miss the 32-year-old too much in the months ahead.