Randolph departs for bumper fee

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 22nd July 2017

West Ham United's third-choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph has joined Championship side Middlesbrough on a permanent basis.

And the Hammers have pulled off an extraordinary deal by securing in the region of ?5million for a player who cost them nothing when joining from Birmingham two years ago.

The 30-year-old Irish international made 42 appearances for West Ham during his time at the club, 22 of which came during the 2016/17 campaign when he briefly replaced Adrian as Slaven Bilic's first choice 'keeper.

"Darren is a very good goalkeeper, and I didn't want him to leave," said Bilic.

"However, I could not guarantee him regular first team football and, with the possibility of playing at the World Cup for the Republic of Ireland next summer, he wanted to take up the offer from Middlesbrough.

"I would like to thank Darren for his service to the club; he has been a fantastic professional and, as a player and a person, has the respect of everyone at West Ham."

Randolph now finds battling against 38-year-old Greek international Dimitrios Konstantopoulos - rather than England number one Joe Hart and Adrian - for a first team spot.

And maintaining his number one spot will be his primary target in the final season before next summer's 2018 World Cup Finals. "Competition is what you need, and it brings out the best in everybody," he told mfc.co.uk, following confirmation of his arrival in the North East.

"I remember playing against Dimi when I was with Birmingham, and Connor [Ripley] went to one of my old clubs Motherwell a few years back and did very well. I've got hopes and aspirations of playing at the World Cup, and playing games will be key. I can't wait to get started."

Ranbdolph becomes new 'Boro boss Garry Monk's sixth signing since 'Boro's relegation from the top flight was confirmed.

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