West Ham United have invited 18-year-old Dinamo Bucharest goalkeeper Stefan Brian Fara to talk to the club ahead of a potential January transfer to the London Stadium.
The Hammers are currently in crisis between the sticks as Lukasz Fabianski’s injury has left them with the gaffe-prone Roberto in goal.
The Spaniard was dropped for fellow veteran David Martin in the Irons’ 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend, a first win for Manuel Pellegrini’s side since 22 September.
However, according to The Sun (via HITC), West Ham look set to bolster their squad in the January transfer window with youngster Fara one of those being courted by the London club.
Fara is yet to earn a senior appearance for Romania’s Dinamo, and is currently third choice behind Riccardo Piscitelli and Catalin Straton. However, this hasn’t put West Ham‘s hierarchy off trying to capture the inexperienced shot-stopper’s signature.
Fara may also be eligible to play for Republic of Ireland having been born in Dublin before being brought up in Romania.
West Ham are in dire straits, regardless of their triumph over city rivals Chelsea last Saturday, with Pellegrini having come under immense scrutiny in recent weeks having lost five of his last seven games in charge of the club.
Roberto has been a scapegoat for many of the Hammers’ poor performances, but the 33-year-old’s string of high-profile errors have left Pellegrini with no choice but to look for a more assured second choice keeper with his team only four points off the relegation zone.
Fabianski is expected to return to action towards the end of December, but the issues West Ham have faced in replacing the Polish keeper have forced the club to seek a more competent back-up option.
Therefore, the choice of an 18-year-old without a senior appearance as a replacement suggests just how desperate the Hammers are to find a solution to the problem.
Former Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer has also been linked with a move to the Premier League outfit as he is currently a free agent looking for a club.