Report: No appearances for Arsenal last season, but West Ham pursue Emiliano Viviano

Emiliano Viviano

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, West Ham are pursuing a surprise deal for Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano this summer.

The Hammers have won just twice in 2015 so summer arrivals are certainly expected, with co-chairman David Sullivan admitting recently that he wanted to bring in a centre back, right back and striker before the start of next season.

It's therefore something of a surprise that TMW are reporting interest from the Hammers in Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

The 29-year-old Italian may be a familiar name to many Premier League fans having spent the entirety of last season on loan at Arsenal, but it wasn't a happy stay in North London for Viviano.

Serving as the third choice goalkeeper behind Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, Viviano failed to even play once for the Gunners before returning to parent club Palermo last summer.

Now on loan again, this time at Sampdoria, Viviano has been a first-team regular, and has impressed between the sticks back in Serie A.

TMW believe that West Ham are considering a move to bring Viviano back to London this summer in a surprise deal which raises question marks.

The pursuit of Viviano may suggest some concerns over Adrian's long-term future at Upton Park after an impressive season from the Spaniard; or it may just be that West Ham want more assured backup for Adrian considering that Jussi Jaaskelainen is not only 39 now, but is also out-of-contract at the end of the season.

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