That is according to Sky Sports, who claim that the Spanish manager wants a partnership with his fellow countryman, who has made 123 appearances for the Hammers since joining the club from Real Betis.
Adrian was the number one at the start of last season and at the back end as well – losing it to Darren Randolph for the majority – and has started a number of pre-season games for West Ham this summer. Randolph has since been sold to Middlesbrough for £5m.
He told football.london last week from the Hammers training camp in Germany: “Now that Randy [Darren Randolph] went to Middlesbrough, it’s Joe and Adrian and the situation with Adrian is that we would love to keep him. We rate him, we like him, we would like to offer him a new contract and hopefully he is going to accept it and stay.
“I am confident he will stay but on the other hand, Adrian is ambitious. He is very polite, a proper sportsman, a long time a West Ham and the club is very respectful towards him. We want to help him. It’s a challenge between him and Joe, hopefully he is going to stay.
“If he is desperate to be guaranteed to be number one we will try to help him.
“I told him, I would like to make everybody happy but number one goal is to care about the team and squad and that extends to him as well.”
Other reports suggest that Magpies stopper Karl Darlow could be used as a makeweight in any move, heading the other way to be the back-up to Hart in E20.
Crystal Palace have also been linked with a move for Adrian this summer but are believed to have offered nowhere near the money the Hammers would expect for the keeper, who is tied down to the Hammers for another season under his current contract.