Watford are the only club who could truly tempt Ben Foster to depart West Bromwich Albion this summer, the Watford Observer understands.

The Hornets have been linked with a £10 million swoop for the Baggies stopper, who spent two seasons on loan at Watford between 2005 and 2007.

Foster was a key member of the Watford squad which earned promotion to the Premier League in 2006 and was named Player of the Season the following year.

The 35-year-old has previously spoken about his fondness for Watford and it is understood the lure of a return, as well as playing in the Premier League, could convince Foster to depart the midlands.

Foster has become an integral part at West Brom since joining the club, initially on loan, in 2011 and has gone on to make 223 outings for the club.

He is also settled in the area and would, therefore, be happy to remain at the club, despite that meaning having to play in the second tier of the English game.

Watford are in the market for a goalkeeper this summer as they look for a long-term successor to Heurelho Gomes.

The Brazilian fell down the pecking order at Vicarage Road under Javi Gracia and was second choice to loanee Orestis Karnezis from the end of January onwards.

At 37 and in the final year of his contract, Gomes can hardly be viewed as a lengthy option between the sticks for the Hornets, who also have Daniel Bachmann and Pontus Dahlberg among their goalkeeping options.