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Opinion: Why Preston North End should launch bid for former Premier League shot-stopper if available on the cheap



Preston North End are a side in complete transition right now, with new boss Ryan Lowe shipping out a double digit number of players this summer and having to manage a complete squad overhaul.

Plenty have been shown the door at the end of their contracts with PNE and it has left plenty of gaps in the team to boot. One such area is in goal, where the side have been left without one first-team shot-stopping option.

It was Daniel Iversen who sat in-between the sticks for the entirety of the Championship campaign for the club this season and looked impressive in doing so. If the Lilywhites had their way, they would likely have the Leicester man back again but it seems unlikely considering the finances involved that the Dane would return to Deepdale.

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With Declan Rudd having also retired from the game and with Connor Ripley and Matthew Hudson both being shown the exit, it means that Lowe will most definitely need at least two goalkeeper signings during the offseason.

It would be wise for the club to bring in a young player on a deal to challenge a more experienced and older head and it does seem as though that will be the road they go down, with the Lancashire Evening Post reporting that they intend to loan a player and sign a permanent one.

PNE though are not blessed with a hefty budget and that means they will have to be smart when it comes to recruitment this summer, especially with so many holes needing filling throughout their squad over the course of the transfer window.

One name then that the side should perhaps consider a deal for – if it is viable and cheap for the Championship outfit – is for former Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The 39-year-old is right at the back end of his career but managed a total of 26 Premier League games for the Hornets over the course of this season before the side were ultimately demoted back down to the second tier. With the side cutting their losses and wanting to reshuffle and go again, he was shown the door though and is now a free agent.

Considering his level of experience and the fact he has been exposed to first-team football at a top level for so long, it might be a move that PNE should pursue. Ryan Lowe has stated that he wants players who have performed at a decent level in the top flight and Championship before and can offer that level of experience to his squad and Foster has that in spades.

Considering he has played so often so recently for a top flight club too, it means he could likely do a job if needed at Deepdale next season too. Granted, he might not be their first choice shot-stopper, with that honour likely to go to a loan option who is younger than Foster is. However, you would know that if needed, the former Watford man could step in and do a job and could draw upon years of experience to help the side out.

With the player having a lot of knowhow in the game – and having achieved plenty in football too – his knowledge could really help some of the younger players at Preston too and could help any loan keeper who did arrive at Deepdale.

If he is affordable then and isn’t commanding massive wages, then it perhaps wouldn’t be a bad thing to have someone with his mentality and knowledge of top level football coming into the club and helping some of the younger players out, even if he is just a number two. He fits the bill and wouldn’t cost a penny minus his wages – so it might be a deal worth doing for PNE.

Writer for Football League World.

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Article title: Opinion: Why Preston North End should launch bid for former Premier League shot-stopper if available on the cheap

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