Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a summer swoop for Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster, according to The Telegraph. The former England custodian will be out of contract at Vicarage Park at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old would be viewed as a backup option to Hugo Lloris and it would seem Jose Mourinho is keen to add another goalkeeper to his ranks ahead of next season.
Foster was instrumental as the Hornets ended Liverpool’s long unbeaten run at the weekend, running out 3-0 winners against the champions-elect.
Tottenham aren’t blessed with quality in reserve to the World Cup-winning Lloris. Paulo Gazzaniga is often erratic, whilst Michel Vorm will be out of contract during the summer.
Foster has kept nine clean sheets this season and is a Premier League veteran having spent time with Manchester United, West Brom and Birmingham City.
During his career in the top-flight, he has made 354 appearances, keeping 90 clean sheets. He has also won the Premier League twice and three League Cup titles.
TBR View – Foster ideal but will he play deputy?
The beauty of adding the stopper from a Tottenham perspective would be that Mourinho would then have two experienced goalkeepers.
When Gazzaniga has filled in this season, the quality has clearly decreased and that problem wouldn’t arise with Foster in reserve.
At 36, however, the will want to play football and that might not be overly forthcoming at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
That could represent a real stumbling block for Spurs and convincing him to play second fiddle won’t be easy.
Foster has been a first-choice for several years and he will believe he can play into his forties.
The £30,000-a-week man is a safe pair of hands, however. He is good in the air, strong at commanding his box and his expertise would be decent competition for Lloris.