Hammers' raid on Highbury
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Shaaban returned from a broken leg in December, but has been unable to dislodge Jens Lehmann and there is fierce competition for places at Highbury.
The Stockholm-born shot-stopper is also competing with Graham Stack and Stuart Taylor, who has been out with a shoulder injury, and there is speculation on Friday that Sebastien Frey could join the FA Cup holders.
Hammers boss Alan Pardew has moved to fill the void left by James's departure to Manchester City, and hopes to be able to field Shaaban against Wolves in the FA Cup next week.
Meanwhile, young West Ham goalie David Forde could join an Eircom League side with Drogheda United keen on his services.