Goalkeeper Ben Foster leaves West Brom for Watford

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Goalkeeper Ben Foster has left Albion for Watford, the Baggies have confirmed.

Departed: Ben Foster (Picture: AMA)

The 35-year-old has joined the Hornets – who he spent two years on loan at from 2005 until 2007 – for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £3.8million.

His exit has been on the cards since he and defender Craig Dawson refused to go on Albion's pre-season trip to Portugal. They remained at home to train alone at the Baggies' Walsall base.

Dawson has handed in a transfer request as he also looks for a route back to the Premier League.

Foster's seven-year stay at The Hawthorns had largely been a happy one and he made 223 appearances in all competitions.

An Albion statement read: "The club wishes Ben well in his future playing career."

Foster had pledged his future to Albion in the spring, despite their impending relegation from the Premier League.

“I’ll be here,” he confirmed, after April's 1-1 draw with Swansea. “I’ve got no interest in trying to move clubs.


“I’m very settled and I’m sure there are quite a few others who would love to stay and help us get back to the Premier League.”

However, once it became apparent this summer that Foster would be on his way, Albion moved for his replacement, bringing in Sam Johnstone from Manchester United for an initial £6.5million.


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