West Ham ditch Roberto as flop goalkeeper leaves on free transfer

West Ham have allowed goalkeeper Roberto to leave for Real Valladolid on a free transfer after a disappointing spell in England.

The 34-year-old made 10 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers after joining from Espanyol last summer.

His time at the London Stadium was blighted by individual errors and the club took just two points from the eight top-flight games in which he featured. He also played in a 4-0 Carabao Cup thrashing at League One Oxford.

In January, Roberto moved on loan to Spanish side Alaves after David Moyes replaced Manuel Pellegrini as Hammers manager.

The well-travelled keeper, who counts Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Olympiacos among his former clubs, returns to LaLiga having agreed a three-year contract with Valladolid.

He leaves West Ham one year before his contract was due to expire.

The club he joins, Valladolid, are owned by legendary former Brazil striker Ronaldo. They finished 13th in La Liga last season.



One player West Ham are not in such a hurry to get rid of is Declan Rice. The England midfielder has been a key player for them in recent years, attracting interest from Chelsea.

Their London rivals have been busy in the transfer window, but could still be looking to strengthen further. And reports earlier this week claimed that Rice is still on their agenda – and they could offer a cash-plus-player deal to West Ham.

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