£7.8m Tottenham flop replaces ex-Arsenal star at Championship club

Heurelho Gomes

Heurelho Gomes has joined Watford, seemingly replacing Manuel Almunia at the club.

The released and retained lists have been doing the rounds this week, and it became clear that Tottenham Hotspur were prepared to let Heurelho Gomes leave the club.

The Brazilian international, who has 11 caps for Selecao, was snapped up by Juande Ramos from PSV Eindhoven in June 2008 - for a whopping fee of £7.8 million.

He had impressed many suitors across Europe for his performances in the Champions League for the Dutch club, and his signature was considered something of a coup.

However his eccentric style often let him down, and despite the occasionally magnificent save, he soon found himself replaced with the free transfer signature of Brad Friedel.

He spent part of last season on loan at Hoffenheim in Germany but soon broke his hand and returned to Spurs - and this week he featured on the released list for Tottenham.

Gomes therefore leaves White Hart Lane this summer, and has not played a game for the club since a 2-1 defeat against PAOK Salonika in the Europa League - way back in November 2011.

But at least he has a new club already, after Championship side Watford announced his signature earlier today. Gomes has agreed a one-year deal at the club and in doing so may have ended any remote hope a former North London rival had of staying at Vicarage Road.

With promising stopper Jonathan Bond also at the club, The Hornets are certainly not in any need of two veteran goalies and a youngster - meaning Manuel Almunia must be on his way.

He is also out of contract this summer and there has been doubt over his future in Hertfordshire.

It certainly looks as though his two year stint with The Championship side, coming after eight years in North London with The Gunners, will be coming to an end.

At 37-years-old finding work at a level he will be used to is certainly not set to be easy for the Spaniard this summer.

His Watford career is certainly over, but whether he continues elsewhere remains to be seen.

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