Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate says he is frustrated by how long Darren Randolph’s medical at West Ham has taken, amid claims that the Hammers are worried about the goalkeeper’s thigh injury.
Asked for an update about the situation at his pre-match press conference today, Woodgate said that he was hoping that there will be developments on the transfer in the next day or so:
“It’s the longest medical I’ve ever known in history and I’ve had a few medicals myself. But this [medical] is unbelievable. Let’s see what happens over the next 24 hours.”
“Darren is a professional, he’s been an outstanding keeper for us. We will wait and see.”
Randolph has been actually been passed fit by Boro’s medical staff, according to reports, and could even be in contention to face Tottenham in the FA Cup third-round replay tomorrow night.
The main issue for West Ham is that they are concerned that the Irishman’s injury could reoccur; similar to what happened to Lukasz Fabianski against Sheffield United on Friday.
The Polish international’s setback could, though, force the Premier League club’s hands, and lead to them finalising a deal for Randolph. It seems Woodgate is waiting for confirmation that the transfer has been finalised and that it could come pretty soon.