Blues number one goalkeeper Darren Randolph has announced that he will be leaving the club after two years, the official website bcfc.com has confirmed.
The news that Randolph is leaving comes just weeks after manager Gary Rowett confirmed that there was Premier League interest in the shot stopper. Reports on the Blues website suggest that Randolph is in advanced talks with an unnamed side in the top flight which is rumoured to be West Ham United.
Sam Allardyce’s side are the only Premier League team that have been noted to be interested in the now former Blues number one but any side in the top flight could be Randolph’s next destination.
As he is no longer under contract with the Blues, Randolph is free to leave on a Bosman and the club are sure to miss him. The news comes after months of negotiations over a new contract but a deal could not be agreed between the two parties and reactions from fans is divided. Some are happy that the Irish international has left the club but there are also some fans who are sad to see the shot stopper leave after just two seasons.
During his two years at Blues, Randolph made 92 appearances and during the last championship campaign he made the second most amount of saves in the league just 10 behind David Button of Brentford.
Now that Randolph has left, former Burton Albion boss Rowett now only has one senior keeper to call upon and rumours have already started to build about who Blues might bring in. The two names that have come up the most are Swindon Town’s Wes Foderingham and Wigan Athletic’s Ali Al-Habsi.
For many fans, Foderingham would be the preferred choice as he is only 24 years old and he still has his best years to come.
Blues fans, who do you think the club should sign as a replacement for Darren Randolph?
Written by Tom Heslop
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