West Ham have ‘no intention’ of letting Darren Randolph go amid Aston Villa approach, says David Moyes

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West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been the subject of an approach from Aston Villa  (Getty Images)
West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been the subject of an approach from Aston Villa (Getty Images)

David Moyes has revealed that West Ham have rejected Aston Villa's approach to take third-choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph on loan.

Villa enquired about Randolph's availability as they looked to sign the 34-year-old as cover for first-choice Emiliano Martinez until the end of the season.

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With Alphonse Areola having moved to east London in the summer, Moyes has four senior ‘keepers with Lukasz Fabianski, David Martin and Randolph all on the books.

However, Moyes was adamant that he does not want to move Randolph on this month.

"Yes, I have no intention of letting Darren go, we have had no offer," said Moyes. "So as far as I'm concerned, all we received was a loan. I can't see why I would ever let Darren Randolph go on loan. There's nothing any more than that. So that's the situation."

West Ham are more focused on incomings this month to bolster their push for Champions League football. Moyes wants to add cover at the back after Angelo Ogbonna's season-ending injury, while the former Manchester United boss is also keen to bring in competition up front. The Scot, though, has warned that it will prove difficult.

"We've been trying probably to get someone who we think can give us competition for Mic [Antonio] for two years," said Moyes.

"It's certainly not an easy thing to do, buying a centre-forward. This club has probably brought in more centre-forwards than anybody, many of them expensive and it has been hard to get them to work.

"I want to bring players in, I want to add to it but I'm not going to do it for the sake of it and I'm not going to do it because the transfer window is pushed heavily by the media. Supporters want new players and when we get the chance, we'll do so."