Surprise Watford ace wanted by Chelsea and Everton

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Watford have dropped into the Championship.

The Hornets were in poor form throughout the 2019/20 season and ultimately ended the campaign in 19th place.

Their final day defeat to Arsenal sealed their fate as they completed the season with 34 points, one point from Aston Villa and safety.

They are surely likely to lose a number of key stars this summer following their relegation to the second-tier.

And Chelsea and Everton have expressed an interest in snaffling away a key member of the club’s squad.

But his name may come as a surprise.

It’s goalkeeper Ben Foster.

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The Sun reports that the 37-year-old is in demand in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea are said to be keen to cash in on current goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and signing Foster to compete with Willy Caballero could offer a solution to boss Frank Lampard.

The ex-England midfielder has even explored the possibility of signing Joe Hart, but Foster is an intriguing option in terms of signing a stopper on the cheap.

Everton are also interested, though.

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Boss Carlo Ancelotti wants competition for Jordan Pickford and the former Manchester United stopper is at the top of his shortlist.

Foster played in every Premier League game for Watford last season and has a contract until 2022 at Vicarage Road.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This would be a major surprise.

Chelsea are perhaps right to have doubts over Kepa, who made a number of mistakes in 2019/20 and conceded a total of 58 goals in 41 games throughout the season.

But replacing him with Foster would be a genuinely budget move.

The veteran did actually keep more clean sheets than Kepa last season – nine to eight in the league – but it would be a short-term, short-sighted deal.

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To get the best goalkeepers in the world, you have to pay.

Foster is not one of the best goalkeepers in the world, not even close.

Chelsea would do well to swerve this move; Foster is nothing more than a back-up.

Everton, it seems, have the right idea in using him as a No.2 to Pickford; he doesn’t have the ability to be anything more.

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