West Ham transfer news: Player set to ‘undergo’ Hammers medical on Friday, Arsenal ‘seal’ striker deal

West Ham United are looking to get their first deal of the summer across the line.

The Irons are still leading the race to sign goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who is being linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Earlier in the week, there had been reports that Newcastle United were leading the race to sign the goalkeeper - who the Hammers loaned from PSG last year and was the first choice during the Europa League campaign.

Newcastle’s interest looked to be gathering steam but West Ham United are still in pole position to sign the goalkeeper, with David Moyes determined to keep the competition between the French goalkeeper and Lukasz Fabianski going.

Areola is on £125,000-a-week-wages, but West Ham only currently pays £25,000, meaning he will have to take a significant pay cut if he was to make his move to east London permanent.

Reports say Areola is likely to accept a wage in the region of £85,000, even though that might be high for a second choice goalkeeper.

The goalkeeper returned to London on Tuesday, prompting discussions that he was in to seal a deal but he flew out almost immediately on a private jet, posting a picture of himself and his family on their way to holiday.

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