West Ham’s first signing of 2015-16- Darren Randolph joins on free from Birmingham

We’ve made our first signing of the summer in the form of Darren Randolph from Birmingham City. Randolph joins on a free, opting not to extend his Birmingham City contract. He will however be officially unveiled only on July 1 when his contract at St.Andrews officially expires.

The Bray born goalkeeper started his youth career at Charlton and left the Addicks at the age of 23 to join Motherwell. He left Fir Park in 2013 to join Birmingham City and has been an ever present for them under the sticks, missing just one league game over two seasons (that too owing to suspension!)

Randolph has insisted that he will not be content with a bench role and intends to push Adrian for a spot in the starting XI.

These were his words from an official WHUFC interview

It was a tough decision turning down Birmingham’s offer of a new contract because of the second part of the season we had and the team we had built.

They are a great group of lads and staff but I felt like I couldn’t turn down the chance of joining a club like West Ham. Everybody wants to try and get to the top of their profession and I’m no different.

I started at Charlton when I was 16 and left when I was 23. It has been a long journey to try get back to the Premier League and a great achievement to be able to do so. It is where players all around the world would like to be.

I’ve played for the last five seasons so I would like to think I can come in and challenge for a place in the team. Adrian’s had a fantastic season so it is going be tough, but it is a challenge I look forward to

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