Everton news: Bruce backs Toffees target Ben Foster to stay at Watford

'To be brutally honest...' - Exclusive: Bruce reacts as Everton try to sign England int'l

Alex Bruce expects Watford to hold on to Ben Foster despite Everton being interested in the goalkeeper.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds defender delivered his verdict as reports suggest Foster is wanted by Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The Sun reported that the Italian wants the 37-year-old England international to serve as real competition for current number one Jordan Pickford.

Pickford started all Premier League and cup games for Everton last season.

Maarten Stekelenburg served as the Englishman’s understudy but he left the club this summer to re-sign for Dutch giants Ajax.

Asked by Football Insider whether he can see Foster making the move to Merseyside, Bruce said: “I can’t see him leaving Watford to be brutally honest.

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“He’s one of the mainstays of the team, he’s a character that’s very well liked at Watford with what he brings to the dressing room.

“The amount of chops and changes that Watford make with managers and coaches constantly in and out, I think you rely heavily on your senior players to keep the dressing room in tact.

“He plays a major part in that so I’ll be very surprised if they do let him go.

“However, if he does leave, he’s an experienced goalkeeper and a very good goalkeeper and he’d give Jordan Pickford food for thought, that’s for sure.”

Since rejoining Watford in the summer of 2018, Foster has started all 78 of the club’s Premier League games.

The Englishman kept nine clean sheets last season but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Hornets’ relegation from the Premier League.

In other Everton news, Football Insider can reveal the club have accepted offer for a midfielder with a deal expected to be done this week.