DARREN RANDOLPH has completed his move from Middlesbrough to West Ham United.

After a protracted process which involved a series of medical examinations into the state of his thigh, Randolph has returned to the London Stadium for an undisclosed fee, which is understood to be around £4m.

The Republic of Ireland international, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal in East London, joined Boro from the Hammers in the summer of 2017 and made 112 senior appearances for the Teessiders.

He won Boro’s Player of the Season award last term, and was also named in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season.

He will deputise for the injured Lukasz Fabianksi at West Ham, having lost his place at Boro after a series of injury issues resulted in Aynsley Pears replacing him in Jonathan Woodgate’s first team.

“Darren has been a great player for this football club,” said Woodgate. “He is a terrific professional who wants to play in the Premier League, and this is an opportunity for him. We wish Darren the very best of luck for the future.”

Randolph added: “I’m delighted to be back at West Ham United. I had two great years at the club previously and still have a lot of friends here, so I had no hesitation in coming back. West Ham is a massive club, with fantastic supporters and an excellent squad of players.

“It’s a great challenge for me and I am really looking forward to working with the goalkeepers here and helping the team in any way I can. 

“I’d like to thank everyone at Middlesbrough – the management, staff, players and fans – for their support. I had a great time there and wish them all the very best for the rest of the season.

“This opportunity was simply too good to turn down, though. It’s a great feeling to be back in the Premier League with such a fantastic club, and I can’t wait to get started.”