Former Arsenal goalkeeper Almunia wanted by Watford

Manuel Almunia could be set to remain in English football after leaving Arsenal as Championship side Watford consider making the goalkeeper an offer, the Daily Mail has reported.

Watford were recently taken over by the same family who own Serie A side Udinese and Spanish club Granada, with former Italy international and West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola installed as the Hornets’ new boss.

Almunia is said to be on Zola’s shortlist for a new goalkeeper, along with former Chelsea stopper Carlo Cudicini, who is currently back-up to Brad Friedel at Tottenham Hotspur. Almunia is available on a free transfer after leaving Arsenal this summer.

The 35-year-old moved to the Gunners in 2004, spending eight years at the club and making over 100 appearances. Almunia was part of the Arsenal side that won the FA Cup in 2005 but fell out of favour towards the end of his career at the club, spending time on loan in the Championship with West Ham last season.

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