Ruthless West Ham ready to axe flop keeper and director who signed him

Date published: Friday 6th December 2019 9:21

West Ham are looking to offload disappointing goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez, and the man who signed him, in January.

Roberto came in as a back-up over the summer to replace the out-of-contract Adrian, who sealed a move to Liverpool. However, things have not gone to plan for the 33-year-old since taking the injured Lukasz Fabianski‘s place in the starting lineup.

The Spaniard, who is yet to be on the winning side for the Hammers in a Premier League game, recently saw his starting berth taken by David Martin, who kept a clean sheet on his debut in a surprising win over Chelsea.

According to The Guardian, it is now unlikely that Roberto will ever play for West Ham again, with Fabianski set to return from injury by the end of December according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

 

The report claims that West Ham are desperate to get Roberto’s £30,000-per-week wages off the books in January, with a loan being considered if no buyer comes forward.

There is interest in the former Spain Under-21 international from Turkey, and it is worth noting that Roberto has been prepared to venture abroad in his career, having stints in Portugal, Greece and now England as well as his native country.

Reported Liverpool target Ugurcan Cakir has been suggested as a potential replacement by sources in the 23-year-old’s native Turkey.

Roberto is not the only member of staff at West Ham set to be shown the door, with director of football Mario Husillos – the man who brought him to the club – also under intense pressure.

The club are said to be dissatisfied with his work in the transfer market, with £24m investment Pablo Fornals another disappointment, and will assess his situation at the end of the season – while it is possible that he could leave before then of his own accord.

Husillos had worked with Pellegrini at Malaga in the past, but the Argentine drew criticism for his role in the Andalusian team’s relegation from La Liga in the season before he took up the West Ham role.

And despite the Turkish reports saying he had also given his approval to the pursuit of Cakir, he may not be around at the London Stadium for much longer.

 

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