Report: Southampton considering move for West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph

General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's Southampton

The Saints are weighing up whether they want to turn to their Premier League rivals in a bid to bolster their goalkeeping ranks.

West Ham's Darren Randolph

Southampton have earmarked West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph as a potential target, according to The Sun.

The Saints are in serious need of adding depth between the sticks following Kelvin Davis' retirement and Maarten Stekelenburg's return to Fulham at the end of his loan spell.

Southampton's Fraser ForsterSouthampton's Fraser Forster

Those two departures have left the south coast side with just Fraser Forster and Paulo Gazzaniga as current first-team options. But while they are yet to appoint a new manager, it appears that they are still determined to bolster their squad ahead of the new campaign with The Sun claiming that the Hammers man is on their radar.

The 29-year-old only moved to Upton Park last summer, and went on to make 15 appearances in all competitions for the Irons, including six in the Premier League. 

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

While Southampton finished above Slaven Bilic's side, it is perhaps difficult to understand why the Republic of Ireland international would be particularly keen on a move to St Mary's.

Both sides finished last season in a position from which they qualified for the Europa League, but West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium arguably suggests that they have more potential than Saints have currently to challenge for a top four spot.

Plus, he is arguably most likely going to be an understudy regardless of whether he stays with the Hammers or moves to Southampton to challenge Forster, and the arrival of a new manager at the club could see him fall even further down the pecking order before he has barely got through the door. 

Darren Randolph celebrates after Victor Moses (not pictured) scores the first goal for West Ham

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