West Ham flop Roberto joins Alaves on loan

Goalkeeper Roberto has failed to impress in the Premier League and has been allowed to leave West Ham on loan for Deportivo Alaves.

West Ham signed goalkeeper Roberto on a free transfer.   -  Getty Images

West Ham goalkeeper Roberto has signed for Deportivo Alaves on loan for the rest of the season after a disappointing first six months in the Premier League.

The 33-year-old was brought to London Stadium on a free transfer at the end of May as a back-up to established number one Lukasz Fabianski, signing a two-year deal.

But an early hip injury for Fabianski handed Roberto his opportunity in the first team.

The Spaniard played eight times in the league but was at fault for a number of goals during a slump in form and was eventually replaced by David Martin.

Fabianski suffered another injury earlier this month, yet West Ham has brought back Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough in a reported £4million transfer.

Roberto has subsequently been allowed to return to La Liga on a temporary deal.

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