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Tottenham will require Premier League permission to sign 39-year-old Englishman

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Tottenham Hotspur will require Premier League permission to sign former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster

Tottenham Hotspur will require permission from the Premier League if they want to bring Ben Foster out of retirement and sign him in the coming weeks, as per the Mirror (h/t the Express).

The 39-year-old retired from club football last summer when he ran down his contract at Watford. He has also played for Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion in a lengthy 21-year senior playing career.

He is certainly experienced and if he does come to N17 on a free transfer, then he could be an able backup for Fraser Forster. The 34-year-old is expected to deputise in goal for the injured Hugo Lloris.

Ben Foster is on Tottenham Hotspur's radar.
Ben Foster is on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar. (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

He was signed from Southampton on a free transfer last year as a backup to the Frenchman. But this could be his time to shine, with Lloris sidelined for a lengthy period.

Assistant manager Cristian Stellini has already shown his faith in Forster and said recently:

“I have to say the first thing I like about Fraser is as a man – because he is a very good man. His behaviour in this season was perfect. Every day he pushes himself to train really hard and with this behaviour, he pushes Hugo to train very hard.

“We don’t have to forget we are men before we are players, and I like Fraser. It will be interesting to see him for some weeks to play with us. We trust in him, we completely trust in him.”

It remains to be seen if Foster will be open to returning to football or if the Premier League will grant us such permission. Technically, a free agent should be able to join a club over the course of the year.

But the specificities of the Premier League regulations could make it a bit more complicated. This is something we shouldn’t really spend a lot of time over.

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Brandon Austin and Alfie Whiteman, both 24, are inexperienced but they surely can’t be terrible players where they cannot play backup to Forster for the time being. Then, this summer, we should be really looking to replace 36-year-old Lloris.

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