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Watford snap up Foster

By July 5, 2018No Comments

Watford have announced the signing of goalkeeper Ben Foster from West Brom.

The 35-year-old has signed a two-year contract at Vicarage Road, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.

Foster, who was relegated from the Premier League with the Baggies last season, previously enjoyed two loan spells with the Hornets between 2005 and 2007.

He has been capped eight times by England and was part of their 2014 World Cup squad.

His Albion departure comes after he refused to travel with the rest of their squad to a pre-season training camp in Portugal.

Foster made a total of 223 appearances during a seven-year spell at The Hawthorns.

He moved to the Baggies from Birmingham, initially on loan, in the summer of 20011.

Having begun his career at Stoke, Foster transferred to Manchester United in 2005, lifting the League Cup twice during his time at Old Trafford.

Foster has previously played 81 games for Watford, helping the club win promotion to the top flight in 2006 before winning the club’s player of the year award the following season.

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Ben Foster has played eight times for England (Nick Potts/PA)

Earlier on Thursday, Watford completed the signing of Sweden international Ken Sema from Ostersund.

The 24-year-old winger agreed a five-year contract with Javi Gracia’s side.

Sema, who has played five times for his country but is not part of this summer’s World Cup squad, helped Swedish side Ostersund reach the last 32 of last season’s Europa League where they were beaten 4-2 on aggregate by Arsenal.

He scored the winning goal in the second leg of that tie as the Gunners lost 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Sema made 84 appearances during a two-and-a-half-year spell with his former club, winning the Swedish Cup in 2017.