West Ham move back on for Euro star as Ligue 1 champions deny interest

Date published: Saturday 24th July 2021 8:32 - Neil Foster

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West Ham have been given another chance to try and sign Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen after his proposed move to Lille became a non-starter.

The 31-year-old Swede has been on the Roma books since 2018, with the Italians handing him a five-year contract. But the man from Malmo has made just 35 appearances in all competitions and 27 in Serie A. Down the pecking order, he was loaned to Cagliari for the 2019-2020 season, enjoying 19 outings for the Sardinians.

A loan move to Everton followed last October, with the Sweden international acting as back-up to Jordan Pickford. He did play in seven Premier League games when the England man was injured.

But the Scandinavian spent most of the campaign warming the bench. Now back in the Eternal City and under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, it seems he has no future at the club.

The Hammers were linked at the end of June only to fall behind Lille in the race for his signature. However, that avenue has closed, with the Ligue 1 champions admitting negotiations ‘never took off’ in the first place.

And Il Romanista (via Sport Witness) state that a possible move to the East End is now ‘back on the agenda’. David Moyes is known to want a new shot-stopper, with his keeping ranks slightly long in the tooth.

Lukasz Fabianski is 36, Darren Randolph 34 while David Martin is 35. Olsen is no spring chicken but still relatively young for a keeper.

And he seems to fit the profile of the type of player the Scot wants at the club. It has been reported that the London Stadium outfit would be interested in doing a deal if it was possible.

There has been no mention of any potential price tag. He has two years left on his present deal and would be in the Hammers price range.

Everton move turns sour for Olsen

It appeared as though the Scandinavian was keen to remain on Merseyside and pen another deal with Everton. But circumstances meant he took the decision to end his time at the club.

His family were the victims of a violent robbery at his Greater Manchester home. Thieves took jewellery and a watch while threatening the keeper and his family with a machete.

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He considered returning to his homeland in Sweden but remained at the club, moving to alternative accommodation. Security was improved at his house and he saw out the season.

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