Surprisingly, former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is still without a club and it would make a lot of sense for West Ham to try to sign the Spaniard.
The 32-year-old, who after 12 years with the Catalan giants decided it was time for a change, had agreed to join Monaco in the summer but failed a medical with the French club after damaging his cruciate ligament in March.
The injury saw the move collapse and Valdes, whose contract expired at the Nou Camp, is still without a club.
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The experienced Spaniard would be a great acquisition for any side but his quality could be extremely beneficial at West Ham. First choice goalkeeper Adrian has looked a little but wobbly at times this campaign and was at fault for the goal conceded against Burnley on Saturday.
The Hammers have only claimed one clean sheet in seven Premier League matches and Adrian has been the culprit of some questionable mistakes.
The 27-year-old, who joined from Real Betis last summer, dislodged the experienced Jussi Jaaskelainen as the Irons' first-choice 'keeper following a string of fine displays last term. He has held down the position but with Jaaskelainen likely to retire at the end of this campaign, Valdes could be brought in as an excellent replacement.
This would likely lead to Adrian dropping back onto the bench, but Valdes, who has played at the very top level for both club and country, would be a great mentor for his fellow Spaniard.
Valdes is a great shot stopper and Adrian has also proved he is more than able in that department, but when it comes to aerial ability and commanding the penalty area the Hammers stopper can still be a little naïve and clumsy which has cost them goals.
A defence needs a ‘keeper that comes and claims crosses confidently and puts their minds at ease but sometimes with Adrian, particularly this season, it has appeared the opposite.
He seems too eager to impress and this can get him into trouble, but with experience he will learn and become better for his mistakes. In the meantime, though, with West Ham pushing for a European spot, Valdes would be a safe bet and someone that could be relied upon at all times.
Former Barcelona teammate Alex Song could be a figure of influence in tempting Valdes to join the east London outfit. Song has expressed how he was convinced to join the club by Sam Allardyce through the ambitions they shared and he is seemingly enjoying life at Upton Park.
West Ham and the Premier League would certainly be a great place for Valdes to showcase his talents and prove he still has what it takes to play at the top level. As he is without a club and Jaaskelainen’s heading towards the end of his career, it seems silly for the Hammers not to make an enquiry.
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