Goalkeeper Darren Randolph reveals 'excitement' after completing West Ham transfer

Birmingham City goalkeeper Darren Randolph has joined West Ham United.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph has told the West Ham United official website that he is excited to be joining the Hammers after leaving Birmingham City.

The Hammers may have parted company with manager Sam Allardyce last weekend, but are still signing players after completing a deal to sign shot stopper Randolph.

The 28-year-old started his career with London rivals Charlton Athletic, but after limited first-team opportunities, Randolph moved up to Scotland with Motherwell in 2010, spending three years at Fir Park before returning to England with Birmingham City.

In two years at St. Andrews, Randolph has been the undisputed first choice goalkeeper, earning rave reviews for the Blues, which has ultimately led to his move to Upton Park.

West Ham released backup goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen earlier this week, meaning they needed cover for first choice stopper Adrian - with Republic of Ireland international Randolph now arriving as the Spaniard's understudy ahead of the new Premier League season.

Speaking to the club's official website upon signing his contract to join West Ham this summer, Randolph admitted that he is excited to be signing for the Hammers - though it was hard to leave Birmingham after two years at the club.

"My initial reaction to joining West Ham is excitement," said Randolph. "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'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," he added. "It is definitely an exciting time to be part of West Ham with the changes coming up. So, hopefully we will have a memorable last season at Upton Park and then onto the Olympic Stadium to kick on again!"

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