According to the latest reports from Daily Mail, Championship outfit Middlesbrough are interested in signing Wes Foderingham as a replacement for Darren Randolph. Randolph is said to be attracting interest from Premier League outfit West Ham United who are keen to bring in a backup for the injured Lukasz Fabianski.
Boro doesn’t want to lose Randolph as he is a crucial member of their first team. However, the Hammers have it in them to blow Middlesbrough away financially in January.
McGregor’s Arrival: The end of Foderingham’s Ibrox career
Rangers recently extended Allan McGregor’s stay for another year at Ibrox. Ever since McGregor’s arrival, Foderingham has featured sporadically for the Bears. The 28-year-old hasn’t done much wrong in his time with Rangers and McGregor’s brilliance has kept him out since the last season.
Foderingham’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2020, and he could agree on a pre-contract deal in January with English clubs. However, if Boro goes on to lose Randolph in the winter transfer period then, they will likely target Foderingham as a replacement for him in January. The goalkeeper is also attracting interest from Birmingham City.
Rangers will have one final chance to earn some kind of transfer fee for Foderingham in January as his contract is expiring in the summer of 2020. However, if anything happens to McGregor, then the Bears can feel stretched in the goalkeeping department. It is being said that the goalkeeper is part of Gerrard’s plans for now.
Right call from the gaffer?
It is understandable why the Bears would want Foderingham to stay until the end of the season as they are in a tight title race. They are also through to the next round of the Europa League. It might be frustrating to see a player of Foderingham’s quality not play regularly, but Gerrard wouldn’t mind staying in this luxurious position.
It might be tempting for the Gers to make a few hundred thousands in January for Foderingham, but the club should look to keep hold of him until the end of the season. As mentioned, an injury or suspension for McGregor could bring undue pressure on the team.
Andy Firth is the next in line in the goalkeeping department for Rangers, and he has hardly played any football at the top level. With Rangers also through into the next round of the Europa League, they will need strong backup options. However, things could be different if Foderingham starts to push for a move away in January. It remains to be seen what would transpire in the future.
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