West Ham were reportedly clear to strike a deal with Roma for goalkeeper Robin Olsen, but Calciomercato now claim David Moyes faces a big problem in Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes.
Olsen’s future is set to be away from the Stadio Olimpico having returned to Rome after a season-long loan spell at Everton. The Swedish shot-stopper impressed in his rare outings at Goodison Park, despite only playing 11 times – mostly when Jordan Pickford was injured.
His performances under Carlo Ancelotti and later at Euro 2020 sparked widespread interest, however. Calciomercato note Ligue 1 champions Lille had explored signing the 31-year-old, yet have just turned their attention to Steve Mandanda.
West Ham would have seen Lille backing out of the race for Olsen as a boost were it not for Rennes replacing them. Spanish publication AS report the Irons have looked into the 48-cap international’s availability as Moyes seeks greater depth in goal.
Italian publication Il Romanista later suggested West Ham were in the clear to sign Olsen, as well. Real Betis represented the Hammers’ greatest threat, but no longer want the Sweden star after signing Mat Ryan from Brighton.
Brighton and Burnley have also targeted Olsen since the goalkeeper returned to Roma from Everton, per Calciomercato. But Rennes are now West Ham’s biggest opposition after the Roazhon Park outfit opened negotiations for Olsen with the Giallorossi.
West Ham face big Rennes problem in race to sign Roma goalkeeper Olsen
Rennes will pose a big problem for West Ham in the race to sign Olsen from Roma this summer. The Ligue 1 outfit currently have three goalkeepers on their books, but Bruno Genesio cannot guarantee either the starting role.
Teenage prospect Pepe Bonet has only played one competitive senior fixture in his career to date. Senegal international Alfred Gomis, meanwhile, featured 27 times in Ligue 1 last term for Rennes, but conceded 35 times and only kept five clean sheets.
Veteran shot-stopper Romain Salin matched Gomis for clean sheets in 15 outings, too. But at 36-years-old, Genesio is likely to look for a younger option. And while Olsen is 31, he still has plenty of years ahead of him.
Liverpool ace Alisson also once hailed his former teammate, telling Roma’s club website that Olsen was a ‘great’ player. One that Moyes would surely like to see pushing Lukasz Fabianski for the number one jersey at West Ham.