West Ham close in on released Sheffield United man

Sheffield United goalkeeper Wes Foderingham
Sheffield United goalkeeper Wes Foderingham shouts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Sheffield United at Old Trafford on April 24, 2024 in Manchester, England.


West Ham are expected to announce the signing of Sheffield United goalkeeper Wes Foderingham upon the expiry of his Blades contract.


The goalkeeper was one of a number of United players to be released at the end of their current deals and Foderingham had made it known that he was keen on moving closer to where he grew up in London after a career that has taken him to Swindon, Rangers and Sheffield since leaving Crystal Palace more than a decade ago.


Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano confirmed that all the relevant paperwork has been signed and the deal, which will see Foderingham join the Hammers as third choice goalkeeper, will be confirmed imminently.


Foderingham was brought to United by Chris Wilder in the summer of 2020 as back-up and eventually forced his way into a regular starting place when Paul Heckingbottom too permanent charge in the 2021/22 season. The following year, he helped United back into the top flight.


Following Heckingbottom’s departure and the return of Wilder, Foderingham lost his place to January signing Ivo Grbić, but followig a string of poor displays by the Croatian, he was back in the side for the 4-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 24, keeping his place for the final five matches of the season.


It was revealed before the final match of the season against Tottenham that Foderingham, along with a number of long-standing members of the squad, would be leaving the club at the end of ther contracts.


Max Lowe has since joined Sheffield Wednesday, Chris Basham continues his recovery from a serious injury, George Baldock has moved to Panathinaikos in Greece and Ollie Norwood’s future has yet to be decided.

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