West Ham United have seen their £7million offer for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge turned down by the Championship club, according to Claret and Hugh.
It was reported by Football Insider earlier today that the Londoners had submitted an offer of £6million plus £1million in add-ons for the Philippines international, but it now appears as though the Bluebirds have rejected this latest bid.
West Ham are in the market for a goalkeeper to provide back up for regular first-choice Lukasz Fabianski, who sustained another injury during his side’s defeat to Sheffield United on Friday, and it is understood Etheridge is among those on their wanted list.
It seemed as though West Ham were on the verge of re-signing Darren Randolph after having a bid accepted by Middlesbrough, but it is now believed the Hammers are becoming concerned over the 32-year-old’s injury problems at present.
This has led to them also showing an interest in Etheridge’s services, with Cardiff boss Neil Harris confirming he left him out of his side’s clash with Swansea over the weekend amid growing speculation regarding his future in the Welsh capital.
Harris has admitted that he wants to offload one of Cardiff’s three goalkeepers this window, but this latest development regarding Etheridge suggests the Cardiff boss wants to retain his services, with the 32-year-old having made 16 appearances this term.
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This will come as a blow for West Ham in their pursuit of another goalkeeping option, particularly seeing as it now seems like Cardiff are eager to keep hold of Etheridge given they have turned down a relatively handsome fee for his services.
It is clear that the Hammers are keen on brining Randolph to the London Stadium as a result of the goalkeeper having already played for the club, but his injury concerns mean the club are still yet to settle on the identity of their next addition.
It will be interesting to see whether West Ham are willing to submit another bid for Etheridge’s services, but I’m not convinced they will be prepared to offer more than £7million for a player who is likely to be their second-choice goalkeeper.