Middlesbrough agree fee with West Ham United for Darren Randolph

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph (right) pictured at Euro 2016
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph (right) pictured at Euro 2016

Darren Randolph is set to become Middlesbrough’s new number one.

Boro had been linked with Newcastle United keeper Karl Darlow but have announced they have agreed a fee with West Ham United, believed to be £4.5million.

The Republic of Ireland international will travel to Rockliffe Park in anticipation of finalising the move

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The 30-year-old, who has already accepted personal terms, is due at Rockliffe Park on Saturday morning for a medical.

His transfer therefore looks a formality and the Republic of Ireland stopper will take ownership of the gloves at the Riverside following the summer departure of Víctor Valdés.

The former Barcelona goalie asked to be released following Boro’s relegation from the top flight while his understudy, Brad Guzan retired.

Randolph made 22 appearances for West Ham last season but was keen to leave after Slaven Bilic signed England star, Joe Hart.

The Bray-born keeper is desperate to play regular football to stay in Irish manager Martin O’Neill’s plans ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

The 30-year-old, capped 21 times, is O’Neill’s first-choice goalkeeper, playing every game at Euro 2016.

Randolph did not want a likely lack of game time at West Ham next season to jeopardise his position.

His arrival on Teesside means Dimi Konstantopoulos will face a season on the bench.

The 38-year-old Hartlepool-based star made just one start for Boro last season though he appeared among the subs several times.

Dimi, who kept 21 clean sheets during Boro’s 2015-16 promotion-winning season, signed a new one-year deal.

A Boro statement said: “The club have agreed a deal in principle with West Ham United to sign goalkeeper Darren Randolph, subject to a medical and personal terms.

“The Republic of Ireland international will travel to Rockliffe Park on Saturday in anticipation of finalising the move.”

Randolph will become new boss Garry Monk’s sixth signing following on from Jonny Howson, Cyrus Christie, Martin Braithwaite, Connor Roberts (loan), and Britt Assombalonga.

“The 30-year-old will bring a wealth of experience, having made almost 350 career appearances since making his debut for Charlton in the Premier League 10 years ago,” added the Boro statement.