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Sunday 26 January 2020

Randolph 'delight' as he completes return

Darren Randolph
Darren Randolph

Republic of Ireland keeper Darren Randolph has completed his move back to West Ham after putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract with the London club.

The move looked set to be completed last week after the Hammers agreed a fee with Middlesbrough for the 32-year-old stopper, but manager David Moyes confirmed the deal had been held up due to a thigh injury Randolph was suffering from.

Randolph missed 12 of Boro's last 16 games with the injury. West Ham wanted to be sure he would not break down once he joined.

It is Moyes' first capture since returning to the club having replaced the sacked Manuel Pellegrini in December.

As Randolph is fit again and with Lukasz Fabianski out until next month with a hip injury suffered at Sheffield United last Friday, he could go straight into the team ahead of David Martin when the Hammers host Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

"I'm delighted to be back at West Ham United," Randolph told the West Ham website.

Massive

"I had two great years at the club previously and still have a lot of friends here, so I had no hesitation in coming back. West Ham is a massive club, with fantastic supporters and an excellent squad of players.

"It's a great challenge for me and I am really looking forward to working with the goalkeepers here and helping the team in any way I can.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Middlesbrough - the management, staff, players and fans - for their support.

"I had a great time there and wish them all the very best for the rest of the season.

"This opportunity was simply too good to turn down, though.

"It's a great feeling to be back in the Premier League with such a fantastic club, and I can't wait to get started."

Randolph played 42 times for West Ham between 2015 and 2017 before he moved to the north east of England and excelled at Boro as he was voted into the EFL Championship PFA team of the year and was voted Middlesbrough's player of the year in 2019.

Randolph will face a battle to get into the Hammers' line-up when Fabianski returns to full fitness.

Ireland boss Mick McCarthy will be hoping that Randolph gets regular Premier League action in the next few weeks ahead of the Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia in March.

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