Sport Foster set for Watford medical as exit nears

16:05  05 july  2018
16:05  05 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

West Brom reject bid for Ben Foster

  West Brom reject bid for Ben Foster West Brom turned down a £1 million offer from Premier League side Watford for goalkeeper Ben Foster, according to the Daily Mail. The approach came from Watford, who have been struggling to find an established keeper following the decline of Heurelho Gomes. Following West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2017-18 season, it has been reported that key veteran players, including the likes of Craig Dawson, are keen to leave the club. As such, they refused to join the club on their pre-season tour and are facing disciplinary action as a result. This appears to be a change in stance from the Englishman, who back in April said: “I’ll be here. I’ve got no interest in trying to move clubs. I’m very settled and I’m sure there are quite a few others who would love to stay and help us get back to the Premier League.” It is thought that West Brom are holding out for offers that better reflect their players’ market value, despite being relegated to the second tier. Regardless, the loss of Foster – who has made 209 appearances since initially joining the club on loan in 2011 – will be a huge hindrance in the club’s quest to bounce back to the Premier League.

Manchester United's Sam Johnstone nears a move to West Brom as Ben Foster gets set for Watford switch. "Fee agreed for Sam Johnstone," Stone tweeted on Monday. "Man Utd to get £6.5m, rising to £10m if all clauses are met. Due to have medical at WBA later today."

Now shot-stopper Foster is set to get his wish to return to Watford , where he spent two seasons on loan previously from 2005-2007. Foster and defender Craig Dawson last week both refused to go to Albion's training camp in Portugal.

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Ben Foster is expected to have his move to Watford confirmed imminently, with a medical at Vicarage Road taking place today.

The 35-year-old has been at the Hawthorns since 2011, making 209 appearances for the Baggies since joining from rivals Birmingham City.

A strong career in the Midlands saw Foster nominated for the Football Writers’ Association of the Year Award in the 2016-17 season, in addition to scooping the West Brom supporters’ player of the season award.

Despite vowing to stay at the club following relegation to the Championship, the team made their intentions to introduce a younger shot-stopper clear. Having confirmed the signing of Sam Johnstone from Manchester United, West Brom will now almost imminently say goodbye to Foster.

With a rumoured fee of £3.5 million for the former England international, the fee will go some way to covering the supposed £6.5 million the club stumped up for the services of Johnstone.

Jeremie Boga set to join Sassuolo .
Jeremie Boga is set to join Italian side Sassuolo as a fee worth £3.5 million has been agreed with Chelsea, according to Nizzar Kinsella of Goal. Boga has been angling for a potential exit for quite some time due to a lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge and it appears that the Ivory Coast international will get his wish. The midfielder spent last season playing Championship football with Birmingham City and in an interview with Goal, he expressed his disappointment with his lack of game time. “At my age, I need to be doing more with my development.” Whilst an agreement between Chelsea and Sassuolo, which includes a buy-back option for the Blues, has been reached, Boga must still agree terms with Sassuolo. Boga has only played 1 senior game for Chelsea and has spent the majority of his time with the club on loan at clubs such as Rennes and Granada after joining from an amateur club in Marseilles aged 16.

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