West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph was in talks with Aston Villa, but it broke down at the advanced stage, according to ExWHUemployee.

The reliable Hammers insider claimed on the West Ham Way Patreon that the move for the out-of-favour Republic of Ireland international, 34, is currently on hold and it is unclear whether the Midlands outfit plan to revive it.

The London Stadium outfit want Randolph gone this month given his wages, but it appears things have not gone the way they anticipated with his talks with Villa.

Blow?

The Irish goalie is surplus to requirements at West Ham, with Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola firmly ahead of him in the pecking order.

The club would love to save his wages, but it appears he and Villa could not agree to terms of a deal.

Randolph returned to West Ham in January 2020 as the first signing of David Moyes’ second spell in a £4million move from Middlesbrough on a three-year contract, and they really would love to avoid paying him for another year.

It is a deal they definitely regret striking and hopefully, Villa or someone else will be able to take him away before the January transfer window shuts.

Moyes wants to bolster his squad, and moving the dead weights on will surely come in handy.

As usual, the Hammers will most likely wait until the final days of the market before making signings, and that could apply to outgoings too.

They would love to find a quick resolution to Randolph’s exit, though.

In other West Ham news, an amazing attacker is making personal arrangements for Hammers switch in January.

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