West Bromwich Albion fans in the Transfer Tavern will be hoping their club can keep hold of Ben Foster.
The Baggies value Ben Foster at ten times the £1m Watford bid for their first choice stopper (as per the Mirror), and have accused the Hertfordshire club of trying to destabilise the former England international with the low bid. The Hawthorns outfit value Foster at £10m – £12m, and are not willing to sell up for less.
The 35 year old Foster has well over 200 Premier League appearances to his name, and has spent time at Watford in two consecutive Season long loans to the Hornets from 2005- 2007, from parent club Manchester United.
Ben Foster is an established Premier League goalkeeper, and still has a few seasons left in his prime at the age of 35. West Bromwich Albion are correct to try and fend off interest, as Foster would likely be a cut above Championship level and a major asset for the club next season. Accepting a paltry £1m bid for the player would show a major lack of ambition and intent.
The Baggies have already had to take a firm stance on Foster, fining him two weeks wages after he refused to fly out to a six day training camp in Portugal. Darren Moore has done well to thus far avoid getting bullied by either the player himself or a rival club, into letting the player go easily.
Darren Moore has taken the correct approach on this one. Letting an experienced Premier League goalkeeper, capped seven times for England, go for £1m would be a seriously poor piece of business from the Baggies. The club should continue to take a firm stance with Foster himself and any bids that come in under their valuation of the player. If the Baggies can keep hold of Foster through this turmoil, he will likely be a player of key importance to them in the coming campaign.