Darren Randolph: Goalkeeper joins West Ham on free transfer

Darren Randolph
Darren Randolph missed just one league game in two seasons for Birmingham City

West Ham United have signed goalkeeper Darren Randolph on a free transfer from Championship side Birmingham City.

The Republic of Ireland international, 28, will move to Upton Park on 1 July after his current contract at St Andrew's expires.

Former Charlton and Motherwell goalkeeper Randolph, who has been capped twice by his country, started 45 games during the 2014/15 season.

"I felt like I couldn't turn down the chance," he told the club's website.external-link

Randolph almost ever present for Birmingham
Darren Randolph missed just one league game in his two seasons with Blues, when he was suspended after being sent off in the 1-0 home defeat by Bolton in October 2014

Randolph, who had turned down the offer of a new contract at St Andrew's, is expected to provide cover for first-choice keeper Adrian.

He has been named in Ireland's provisional squad to face England in a friendly and Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifier next month.

Meanwhile, Birmingham are reported to be interested in out-of-contract Swindon Town keeper Wes Foderingham as a possible replacement. But the 24-year-old is only one of a number of different goalkeepers they are considering at the moment.