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Ex-Spartak keeper Kowalewski backing West Ham target Maksimenko for Prem move

Former Spartak Moscow goalkeeper Wojciech Kowalewski insists Aleksandr Maksimenko can handle a Premier League move.

The Spartak Moscow keeper, a Russia international, has been linked with West Ham United in the past week.

Metaratings via Sport-Express has reported the Hammers are looking for a promising goalkeeper who is ready to fight for a place in their senior starting XI.

The Hammers have three veterans, Lukasz Fabianski (35), Darren Randolph (33) and David Martin (35), on the books.

It is suggested that the priority for West Ham are players from the Italian championship, but the club is also paying attention to the Eastern European market. Along with Maksimenko, West Ham are also keen on Spartak teammate Alex Kral.

On Maksimenko, Kowalewski told Sport-Express: “If it comes down to specifics, then Maksimenko should try his hand at the Premier League. He has all the qualities for the English league. And if Aleksandr shows himself, then he can safely play the Premier League.

"Aleksandr is a young goalkeeper who can prove himself at the European level. Of course, no one guarantees him a place at the base, but everything is in his hands."

Maksimenko, now 22, has spent his entire professional career with Spartak Moscow and established himself as their first-choice No1 goalkeeper in the 2018/19 season at 20 years of age.

- updated February 1

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