Both Forest and Reading are in the market for new goalkeepers, and a report in the Birmingham Mail has indicated a transfer target that has been earmarked by both clubs.
The Royals lost Adam Federici to newly promoted Bournemouth, whilst Forest have only Dorus de Vries on their books, following Karl Darlow’s loan expiration and return to Newcastle.
Neither Championship outfit have a ‘keeper good enough to properly lead a promotion charge, and the report claims that the duo have been watching Boaz Myhill, with his playing situation at West Brom in doubt.
Ben Foster is number one at the Hawthorns, although a long-term injury gave Myhill a run in the team towards the end of the 2014/15 season. He impressed, and has been offered a new contract to ensure that his deal does not expire at the end of next season.
However, the Baggies have also been linked with making a move for Wayne Hennessey, currently of Crystal Palace, and if he were to sign, it would be as Foster’s immediate back-up.
Therefore, Myhill would go back to being second choice stopper, and upon Foster’s recovery from injury, would become third choice.
With this impending transfer, the 32-year-old former Welsh international has decided against extending his contract yet, and this has piqued the interest of Forest and Reading.
If he does not agree a new deal, with Hennessey arriving at the Hawthorns, West Brom may push to sell Myhill, so as to guarantee a transfer fee for him, rather than losing him for nothing next summer.
He would be a great signing at Championship level, having proven himself in the Premier League on many occasions, and Forest or Reading will boost their chances of promotion with a ‘keeper of Myhil’s quality in their ranks.