The Hammers will reportedly be without their first-choice stopper and some fans have identified the one-time Tottenham back-up – now a free agent – as possible cover.
A number of West Ham United fans have been discussing the Lukasz Fabianski long-term injury reports and Tottenham Hotspur ex-player Michel Vorm has been mentioned as a potential replacement by sections of the supporters.
According to BBC Sport, the Hammers stopper suffered a torn hip muscle taking a goal kick during the 2-2 Premier League draw at Bournemouth on Saturday which led to his 34th minute substitution, and will reportedly be out for at least two months.
Roberto Jimenez replaced Fabianski at Bournemouth for his league debut, having signed for free in May, and West Ham’s only other senior goalkeeper is David Martin, who joined on a free transfer from Millwall in the summer but is yet to play for the club.
Vorm, meanwhile, is a free agent (Transfermarkt), having left Spurs in the summer after five years on their books, during which he made 47 appearances, while prior to that, he played for Swansea City (Transfermarkt), so he’s more than familiar with the English top flight.
Here is what some Hammers fans said on social media about the 35-year-old, whose salary at Spurs was £40,000 per week, according to Spotrac:
Vorm is available surely he has got to be better than what we have prem experience and a short term solution— Andy Lapthorne (@lapstar11) 30 September 2019
Agree 100%— JB (@BurchettJason) 30 September 2019
Can’t we sign Vorm if he’s a free agent— Chris Murphy (@chrismurph1985) 30 September 2019
Vorm is a free agent— Charlie Levy ⚒ (@CharlieLevy92) 30 September 2019
Who is this Bulgarian wonder kid? What is his name? Is he a goalkeeper? Unfortunately we have to just get on with it for a few months without Fabianski & a chance for Roberto or Dave Martin? Or get Michel Vorm who is available on a free transfer?— Michael A. Gomes (@MichaelAGomes15) 30 September 2019
Michel Vorm free agent? @davidgold— joel (@nice1bruvva) 30 September 2019
Michel Vorm on a short-term deal badly needed. https://t.co/W6nZmm6Ij5— Conrad O’Keefe (@okeefe_92) 30 September 2019
West Ham are currently fifth in the Premier League and have not lost since defeat by Manchester City on the opening day.