Palace & Watford Set To Bid For In-Form La Liga Keeper

0 Posted by - January 4, 2018 - News

According to a report in Spanish sporting newspaper Marca, both Crystal Palace and Watford are said to be interested in a deal for Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

A product of the Valencia youth system, Guaita played a total of 114 games for Los Che between 2008 and 2014, after being promoted to the first-team squad following the retirement of Valencia legend Santiago Cañizares.

Sadly for Vicente, he was pushed rather low in the pecking order during the 2009-10 season and was forced to head out on loan to Segunda Division side Recreativo. Some would assume that a player with such high hopes at the start of his career would have sulked but instead Guaita won the Ricardo Zamora trophy (the keeper with the lowest goals to games ratio over a season) conceding just 24 times in 30 games.

After a 19 year association with Valencia, Guaita was sold to Getafe in 2014, where he was gone on to feature more than 80 times since but with his contract set to expire this summer, it’s feasible to assume that his employers may look upon a proposed fee of £4 million as too good to turn down in the circumstances.

In fairness, Getafe’s lofty position of 8th in La Liga (made all the more remarkable by the fact that they were only promoted last season) may well tempt them to hold off on a sale and risk letting the 30-year-old leave for free in the summer but from Palace’s perspective, I see little harm in testing the waters with an early bid for his services.

Given the fact that both Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni are set to see their contracts expire this summer, the search for a new number one is made all the more pressing. Could Guaita be the man, or should we be looking elsewhere?

Let us know your thoughts.

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9 Comments

  • Spiceboy January 4, 2018 - 9:39 am Reply

    Not sure on this one happy with the defender for 16 million bid but can’t see the point in signing this bloke for 4 million if we can get him for free in the summer. Wayne has picked up and I’d prefer the young Man Utd keeper from villa. Maybe sign summer and release speroni

    • admin January 4, 2018 - 9:41 am Reply

      I think Speroni will stay at the club in some capacity for years to come anyway. It’s worth remembering that Guaita currently has a goals to games ratio of 0.94 for the 2017-18 season, he’s no mug.

  • TonyN January 4, 2018 - 10:03 am Reply

    Even if Jules ends up as third choice I can’t see him leaving, unless we let him go but unless he is on stupid wages he will do a job. Having given up sky sports I haven’t seen this keeper so not in a position to comment on his play, the figures suggest he will do a job. So if we don’t bid and they sell to Watford we will feel stupid. More likely buy and loan back till the end of the season being the best option for Getafe.

    • admin January 4, 2018 - 1:01 pm Reply

      That seems like a solid compromise to me, Tony. Wonder if it’ll get floated.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 4, 2018 - 12:53 pm Reply

    After Mandanda i am hesitant about signing keepers who don’t speak english as they need time to adapt to our football and learn the language so they can communicate with the defence.

    Mandanda failed because we dithered for ages over fees and contracts meaning he couldn’t settle. If we can get Vincente in before pre-season i am game. If not, i agree with Spiceboy about signing Johnstone from ManU (Fabianski is also a shout if Swansea go down).

    • admin January 4, 2018 - 1:02 pm Reply

      Do you think United would sell us Johnstone?

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 4, 2018 - 1:10 pm Reply

        If De Gea stays then they have him, Romero, Castro-Pereira and Henderson (who is doing very well at shrewsbury) next season. If that happens then a £5-10m bid for a keeper who is 3rd/4th choice would suit all parties.

        If De Gea leaves then it could get tricky if they can’t get a replacement but i think they will opt for Lloris which resumes the status quo from above.

        • admin January 4, 2018 - 1:11 pm Reply

          Fair summation of it. I’m just used to us being outbid for players of such solid reputations, perhaps I should adjust my sights.

          • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh January 4, 2018 - 1:30 pm

            Most teams that he could sign for have decent keepers though. Fabianski, Begovic, Butland, Foster, Forster and Ryan are all excellent keepers in the bottom half of the league and could get relegated.

            Only Newcastle (and whoever comes up next season) are in need of a first choice keeper and we are more established in the top flight. The issue, like you say, is whether we can pull our finger out and get a deal done. Come on Dougie, work your magic!

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