You can understand why there would be so much speculation suggesting that a new goalkeeper is at the top of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic’s wishlist. After all, Adrian and Darren Randolph have shared shot-stopping duties without wholly convincing this season.
Yet, the Croatian has attempted, potentially in vain, to stop the rumour mill in its tracks.
“We have been linked with many players in the last three transfer windows, including Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic,” Bilic told The Standard.
“In those three windows, though, I have said a few times that the only position in the team I have absolutely no interest in discussing is the goalkeeping spot.”
While that may be a concern to West Ham supporters frustrated at the amount of avoidable goals their side has conceded this season, the news is potentially positive for Everton and Ronald Koeman.
They, like The Hammers, have chopped and changed their goalkeepers this season with Joel Robles replacing Maarten Stekelenberg in December but seemingly not doing enough to earn an extension on a contract which expires in 12 months.
Consequently, Foot Sur 7 claimed that The Toffees were eyeing up France international and St Etienne’s long-serving ‘keeper Stephane Ruffier, renowned as one of the most reliable shot-stoppers in Ligue 1.
Crucially, both goalkeepers were also heavily linked with West Ham but the fact that Bilic has made clear that he is happy with the options at his disposal could make Koeman’s desire to strengthen his ranks rather more straightforward.