Watford set to battle it out for Málaga goalkeeper

According to reports in Spanish newspaper AS,  Watford could be part of a two-way battle for the signature of Málaga CF goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, with the Hornets' fellow  Premier League side Bournemouth the other party interested in bringing the 31-year-old to England.

A wealth of experience

Kameni is vastly experienced, having played over 200 times in an eight-year spell for La Liga club Espanyol before moving to Málaga in 2012. A Cameroon international before he was just 20-years-old, Kameni has represented his country over 70 times, including at two World Cups and five African Cup of Nations tournaments. With this kind of experience behind him, whichever team manages to secure his signature will be sure to gain a valuable boost to their squad.

With numbers being batted around suggest that Kameni could come to the Premier League in January for under £1million, it is no small surprise that both Bournemouth and Watford are keeping an eye on proceedings.

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is familiar with the Cameroon shot stopper after his time spent in La Liga while in charge of Atlético Madrid and Getafe, but with Heurelho Gomes established as the Hornets' number one, the need for another goalkeeper might not be as pressing as that of Bournemouth, who have suffered a number of goalkeeping errors from Artur Boruc and Adam Federici of late.

Watford's current number one, Heurelho Gomes | Photo: Guardian
Watford's current number one, Heurelho Gomes | Photo: Guardian

Lowering the price

Regardless, after Kameni had his release clause slashed in 2014 when he re-signed for Málaga in exchange for a deal on lower terms, the price - believed to be below €1milion, but a final figure has not yet been specified - is a bargain for whoever can tease the 31-year-old away from La Rosaleda.

Málaga boss Javi Garcia is believed to want Kameni to stay, and will try to convince him to do so, but the suggestion is that the goalkeeper is interested in a move to the Premier League.