Slaven Bilic backs West Ham's Darren Randolph amid recent transfer speculation

Slaven Bilic says he may not move for a new goalkeeper.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told the club's official website that he believes in goalkeeper Darren Randolph ahead of their clash against Bournemouth.

Randolph, 28, joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Birmingham City earlier this summer, bringing domestic and international experience to Upton Park as West Ham brought in competition for first choice stopper Adrian.

However, Adrian was red carded against Leicester City on Saturday, meaning he will now miss three games - leaving West Ham with a quandry in goal.

Many had expected Randolph to slot in to the side seamlessly, but recent speculation has suggested that West Ham could look to bring in another goalkeeper.

The Daily Mail report that West Ham are interested in re-signing veteran shot stopper Robert Green, with seemingly little faith in Randolph's abilities to deputise for Adrian, given his lack of Premier League experience.

However, manager Bilic has tackled the situation ahead of facing Bournemouth this weekend during an interview with the club's official website, and claims that Randolph has his backing - and he may not even make a move for a new goalkeeper.

"We are going to see who will play in goal," said Bilic. "Darren is doing well and he is an experienced goalkeeper, an international, so I’m expecting him to be in goal. He is experienced, he is good and he played in so many games and what happened with Bournemouth could happen to anyone or to him against any other team."

"I said four weeks ago that I would not discuss our transfer activities in front of the public until it is done one way or the other. I am not necessarily going to bring someone in in goal," he added.

Randolph's record against Bournemouth is somewhat concerning having leaked 12 goals against the Cherries last season - but Bilic is right to put his faith in the Irish international rather than rush through a signing to play instead.

Having impressed in the Championship with Birmingham, Randolph deserves a chance in the Premier League, and he should get that opportunity this weekend.

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