Championship side Middlesbrough have tabled a £3 million bid for Sheffield Wednesday shot-stopper Keiren Westwood, according to The Irish Independent.
The 32-year-old moved to Hillsborough back in 2014 after three years at Sunderland, and has since gone on to become the number one and an integral part of Carlos Carvalhal’s side.
The Republic of Ireland international appeared in 43 of Wednesday’s 46 Championship games last term, conceding just 40 goals and keeping 15 clean sheets along the way, and he also started both of their play-off semi-final legs against Huddersfield Town, but wasn’t able to help the side reach the Wembley showpiece.
And after proving to be one of the best goalkeepers outside of the Premier League in recent times, Westwood has attracted interest from fellow second tier side Middlesbrough, who have reportedly tabled a £3 million bid for the 32-year-old.
New Boro boss Garry Monk will be looking at how he can bolster his goalkeeping ranks given that Victor Valdes, Brad Guzan, and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos have all been released this summer, and a player of the calibre of Westwood would certainly strengthen the 38-year-old’s options at the Riverside Stadium.
And with 78 clean sheets in 252 Championship games throughout his career, it’s clear that the Irishman has proven his worth at this level, but whether £3 million is enough to convince Wednesday to enter negotiations with Boro very much remains to be seen.
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