Fulham are ready to offer to rival West Ham in the race to sign Alphonse Areola by offering the French goalkeeper a return to Craven Cottage next season, according to various reports.

The Hammers hold an option to turn the 29 year old’s loan from Paris Saint Germain into a permanent deal at the end of the season, but since Areola has struggled to challenge Lukasz Fabianski for the number one slot at the London Stadium the likelihood of such a move has greatly diminished. The experienced Pole has reportedly agreed a new one-year deal with West Ham, who have also been credited with interest in West Brom’s Sam Johnstone.

Areola has made a single league appearance for David Moyes’ men since joining on loan last summer – with his other thirteen games coming in a combination of the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League, where he produced a splendid point-blank save to deny Youssef En-Nesyri to set up a quarter final meeting with Lyon. The former Real Madrid goalkeeper could be tempted by a return to SW6 having starred despite Fulham’s demotion from the Premier League last season.

The Whites are definitely in the market for a goalkeeper. The Sun linked them with England international Nick Pope over the weekend whilst Fulham have also enquired about the availability of Manchester United’s Dean Henderson. A move for Areola could see current number one Marek Rodak dropped after achieving promotion from the Championship for the second time.