Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster is likely to snub a move to Celtic as he looks to take in one more season of Premier League football before heading to the MLS, as reported by the Daily Record.
At the age of 38, the former Manchester United, West Brom and England stopper knows that this could be his final chance to take on the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal before hanging up his gloves.
Foster has just one year left on his Vicarage Road contract, although it remains to be seen what sort of a role he will play under current Watford manager Xisco Munoz next term.
Austria international Daniel Bachmann started all-but one of the club’s Championship games from mid-January to May, as Watford secured automatic promotion alongside runaway title-winners Norwich City.
While Celtic would be able to offer Foster more regular first-team football, it is believed the GoPro goalkeeper would rather stay and fight for his place in Hertfordshire.
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What’s more, Foster has his heart set on finishing his career on the other side of the Pond, taking the David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard route before swapping his studs for cycling shorts.
“Ben is a top professional,” said former Watford teammate Gavin Mahon, highlighting what Celtic may see in a man as comfortable with the ball at his feet as he is with it in his hands.
“The thing with Ben was his distribution. It was so good. He’d take a goal-kick or a free-kick and he’d put it on a six pence for someone.”
Foster is not the only veteran shot-stopper on Celtic’s radar, however.
The Record believes that two-time Premier League champion Joe Hart could be on his way to the green half of Glasgow for just £1 million. Tottenham would not stand in his way and are even considering ripping up the final 12 months of his £50,000-a-week contract.
Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou is desperate to bring in a couple of new faces before the end of August and both Hart and Foster would add the experience and British football nous that he is looking for.