Date: 6th July 2018 at 9:13am
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With ongoing speculation surrounding former England goalkeeper Ben Foster and rumoured interest from former loan club Watford, late yesterday evening West Bromwich Albion confirmed the 35-year-old had completed a permanent switch back to Vicarage Road.

Following our relegation from the Premier League in 2017/18 Foster didn’t seem to be an issue for us in terms of retaining his services as he’d often spoken about enjoying life at the club, being settled himself and settled with his family in the area, but as soon as Watford speculation surfaced it’s an educated guess to say his head turned.

A refusal to head out for our training camp abroad and potential transfer fees being pulled out of thin air in the media, it was always likely a speedy resolution would be found, especially once we signed former Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United.

The fee is undisclosed but given his age and the fact we needed him out, at best it would only have been a couple of million and he’s signed an initial 12-month deal with a 12-month option I believe.

Having signed for us on loan initially from Birmingham City back in the summer of 2011, before the deal became permanent the following summer for a reported £4million, he went on to make 183 starting appearances for us with a single showing from the bench.

Such a shame it had to end in this manner as that’s was at the forefront of fans’ minds.

 

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