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Middlesbrough man seals Premier League return



West Ham have confirmed that they have re-signed goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough on a permanent basis.

Randolph previously made 42 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers between 2015 and 2017, before making the move to Middlesbrough, for who he went onto make a total of 112 appearances during a two-and-a-half-year spell at the Riverside Stadium.

That time with the club has now come to an end however, with Randolph putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2023, despite reported issues that had arisen during his medical that had initially delayed the move.

Speaking to West Ham’s official website following confirmation of his move, 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. West Ham is a massive club, with fantastic supporters and an excellent squad of players.

“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.”

Randolph leaves Middlesbrough with the club 16th in the Championship, ten points clear of the relegation zone and eight points clear of the players, and joins a West Ham side who find themselves 16th in the Premier League, just one point ahead of the bottom three.

The 32-year-old could make his second debut for the Saturday afternoon, when Everton make the trip to the London Stadium.

The Verdict

This looks to be a useful signing for West Ham.

The injury problems around Lukasz Fabianski recently have left them in need of some reliable back up, and they have certainly got that in the form of the experienced and reliable Randolph.

While the loss of a player with the calibre and presence of Randolph is undoubtedly going to be disappointing for ‘Boro, when you consider some of the recent performances and results they have produced without him that have helped them climb the Championship table, they may be confident of pushing in the league despite the Irishman’s exit.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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