West Ham’s search for a new goalkeeper this summer has taken a twist, with the Hammers missing out on one reported target.

The Daily Mail suggested over the weekend that Slaven Bilic’s side were eyeing a move for Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Alex Cairns, who has excelled for the League One side this season.

Cairns, who rose up Leeds United’s academy ranks alongside West Ham full-back Sam Byram, has kept 15 clean-sheets this season for Fleetwood as they eye promotion to the Championship.

Fleetwood head into this weekend’s final League One game knowing that a draw may be enough to secure automatic promotion to England’s second-tier ahead of Swindon Town due to superior goal difference.

Keeping Cairns signature was believed to be a challenge for Fleetwood though, as interest in the talented stopper would be difficult to fend off.

However, the League One promotion hopefuls secured a major deal last night as they confirmed that Cairns had penned a new contract.

Whilst West Ham could still potentially seal a deal with a lucrative offer, Cairns’ willingness to pen a long-term contract with the club suggests he intends to remain with his current employers.