Sunday 22 October 2017

Transfer Watch: United slap £4m tag on unsettled Foster

Tottenham have been told that Ben Foster will cost £4m after they made an inquiry about signing the England goalkeeper.

Manchester United are prepared to allow Foster to leave but they will play hard ball because there remains lingering animosity between the clubs after Dimitar Berbatov's protracted move to United from Tottenham in 2008.

Foster (26) has made eight of his 11 Premier League appearances for United this season, but has slipped to third choice. He joined United from Stoke City for £1m in 2005.

The prospect of a move to Spurs seems strange because it would not enhance his chances of playing regularly as he would be a reserve to Heurelho Gomes. Spurs may find it difficult to sign Scott Loach for the same reason because the goalkeeper wants to stay at Watford to gain more experience. Tottenham have also inquired about Simon Kjaer (20) the Palermo and Denmark centre-half.

Decent bets

Birmingham City are in talks to sign Maxi Lopez, the FC Moscow forward who has been on loan at Gremio in Brazil. Birmingham are also encouraged that Ryan Babel is understood to be willing to move to the club from Liverpool. The winger was offered as part of a swap deal for Kenwyne Jones, the forward, to Sunderland, but the deal has been rejected.

Sunderland remain confident of signing Guy Demel, the Ivory Coast full-back, despite the Hamburg chairman stating yesterday that no bid had been received.

Fulham have ended their bid to sign Stefano Okaka, the forward, on loan from Roma. It is believed that Fulham may have switched their attention to Daniel Cousin, the Hull City striker.

Wolves have expressed an interest in signing Tommy Smith, the forward who has not scored in 12 matches since he moved to Portsmouth from Watford in the summer.

Middlesbrough remain determined to fend off bids for Adam Johnson, the winger who is out of contract in the summer, despite interest from Sunderland, Everton, Chelsea and Wolves.

Dead certs

Amr Zaki, the forward, is expected to join up with Hull City on Thursday after the Egypt forward completed a loan move from Zamalek. Hull are less optimistic about signing Vladimir Weiss, the winger, because of the loan fee demanded by Manchester City.

Blackburn's interest in Camel Meriem, the former Monaco player, has ended.

Long shots

Roman Pavlyuchenko's hopes of returning to Russia have receded. Spartak Moscow have ruled out paying £15m to Tottenham for their former forward and Zenit St Petersburg have reconsidered trying to sign him on loan. (© The Times, London)

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