Date: 25th June 2018 at 8:00am
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Over the weekend reports surfaced in the media suggesting that Watford were primed to make a move for West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The Sun seemed to kick-start the rumours off late on Saturday evening and by Sunday the speculation had taken on a life of its own as everyone else rehashed the story and provided absolutely nothing of note that was new.

In short, the speculation hinges on West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League last season and the fact that our 35-year-old former England man spent two loan spells out at Vicarage Road earlier in his career, 2005 to 2007.

That seems to be it really in terms of concrete details, but I don’t expect him to be going anywhere this season as he’s often spoken about being settled and happy at the club even if last season was an obvious disappointment.

One element of the story actually shows what a ridiculous rumour this actually is. The Sun go on to say that Watford are trying to shift Costel Pantilimon to Nottingham Forest or Aston Villa to make space for Foster, and I see absolutely no reason why Foster would hang up his gloves on regular first-team action and move to effectively be a No2 stopper as he goes into the twilight of his career.

They also go on to suggest that Manchester United and Manchester City are looking at him as reliable back up as well.

I think this rumour can be instantly trashed in fairness.

 

3 Replies to “Watford Turn To West Brom For A Safe Pair Of Hands”

  • Most of this is reasonable, except that he would be no.1 at Watford. Gomes is out of favour with the manager and will be no.2 for his last season. Pantillomon disappeared two seasons ago. Dahlberg is the long term no.1 but will be loaned out again next season.

  • Have to agree with Peter here. Ben would be Watford´s #1 if he moved.
    I suspect that, while he is clearly settled at WBA, he might just move to Watford as we was clearly happy with us previously. Maybe he wouldn´t move anywhere else.

    Anyway, good luck for next season. You should be back in Prem soon.

    • Appreciate the feedback chaps, I assumed Gomes had No 1 still nailed on following bits I saw of him last year. Hadn’t caught wind of any fall out with your manager. Made no sense to me on that front alone. Appreciate the well wishes Mike, back at you for the year ahead.

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