Filed: Monday, 23rd July 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United have moved to snap up a third goalkeeper within the space of just six months.
19-year-old Raphael Spiegel, a Swiss youth international has signed a three-year contract with the Hammers, joining Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson - who both signed permanent deals earlier in pre-season - at the club.
Effectively replacing the outgoing Marek Stech - who has joined Yeovil Town - and Peter Kurucz, who has been on trial with Crystal Palace, Spiegal has moved to London from Grasshoppers for an undisclosed fee.
Despite his tender years the youngster has already made 58 first team appearances in Switzerland's second and third tier for the Zurich club's reserve team and SC Bruhl.
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by Anthony Ryan
11:00PM 23rd Jul 2012
''On the signing of a third 'keeper, I am not too iimpressed. Henderson is not a proven keeper at this level. Jasskelainnen is experienced yes, but not first choice a lot of last season in a relegated team. Paul Robinson was my choice, still a good stoppper.''
by David Moore
05:30PM 23rd Jul 2012
''Well maybe big Sam should concentrate on buying quality outfield players instead of keep buying goalkeepers...''