Saints ponder Randolph bid

Claude Puel has been linked with a swoop to sign West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph for Southampton this summer.

Southampton: Saints ponder Randolph bidSouthampton: Saints ponder Randolph bid

The Saints’ boss confirmed in the week that he would like to bring two more new faces to St Mary’s this summer in order to provide back-up to first-choice left-back Cedric Soares and a new goalkeeper to challenge Fraser Forster for the number one spot.

And it appears 29-year-old Randolph could be the custodian who moves to the south coast having been heavily linked with a switch.

The Republic or Ireland international, who has just returned from Euro 2016 where he figured heavily for Martin O’Neill’s side as they reached the last-16, is thought to be keen to leave the Hammers having failed to oust Adrian from the number one spot last term.

He only moved to the east Londoners last summer on a free transfer, having made 92 appearances for Birmingham City before that, and got just 15 appearances under his belt.

Puel only has Paulo Gazzaniga as Forster’s competition following Kelvin Davis’ retirement and former loan man Maarten Stekelenurg’s decision to join former boss Ronald Koeman at Everton.

Therefore, a move for Randolph makes sense but it will be question of convincing him that his first-team chances are greater with the Saints than if he stays put.

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