Alphonse Areola joins West Ham from PSG

West Ham United have signed French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from Paris St-Germain.

However, his deal includes a view to a permanent deal.

Alphonse Areola spent last season on loan at Fulham, where he won the supporters’ player of the year award.

West Ham want to provide competition for first-choice Lukasz Fabianski, 36, before their Europa League campaign.

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Alphonse Areola talks about Premier League

“The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, so I really enjoyed it last season,” Alphonse Areola.

“London is a great place to live and to work as well.”

“It was tough for me and for the team, but I enjoyed playing in the Premier League.”

“West Ham did a big season last year. We have really good squad.”

“I watched games last season so I know the potential and the talent in this squad, so I can’t wait to start.”

The France international, who was always high on manager David Moyes’ list of targets, has been with PSG since 2010.

But Areola has spent the last two seasons on loan, having previously been at Real Madrid as back-up to Thibaut Courtois before the Fulham spell.

The Hammers had a bid for West Brom’s England international Sam Johnstone turned down earlier this month.

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