Emirates boss set to pick from four top notch keepers.
The News of the World claims today that Arsenal have held talks with West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green, to sign the England custodian in the summer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been heavily tipped to sign a keeper in the sumer following the poor form of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski.
The Sunday tabloid suggest Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen) and Joe Hart (Manchester City) have all been targeted by Arsenal but “Green is also on Wenger’s radar and initial talks have taken place.”
Green has reportedly already told West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold that he wants to leave Upton Park in the summer.
The 30-year-old keeper has played 36 Premier League games for West Ham this season and is expected to be part of Fabio Capello’s England World Cup squad.
His contract at West Ham runs out at the end of season 2011/2012, so Arsenal can reasonably expect to secure the former Norwich keeper for around seven million pounds. (IMScouting)
It does seem that there is a very good chance Arsene Wenger will look for an alternative to serial blunderers Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski and there appear to be about a dozen keepers on the Arsenal manager’s wish list.
I think it unlikely that Robert Green is top of the Emirates hit list, that isn’t to say the former Ipswich Town man isn’t a reliable keeper not least because the West Ham man was at his peak last season and seems less likely to make such a high profile move at this stage in his career.
Joe Hart would probably be the ideal selection. The Manchester City man has great potential and would be a good player to have to challenge Almunia for the starting spot at the club and is more than ready to perform for a side in the top four but is unlikely to be allowed to leave Eastlands for a move to a potential direct rival.
Hugo Lloris and Rene Adler are also good potential additions. Both are having great seasons at Lyon and Bayer Leverkusen respectively but it seems likely that Wenger may look to boost his homegrown quota. Even though the north London club have many non-English players who adhere to the new ‘homegrown’ regulations they could still do with boosting their tally this summer.
Who would Arsenal fans like to see Wenger bring in to fill the keeper slot?