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Ireland International Keiren Westwood Subject To £3m Bid

Ireland International Keiren Westwood Subject To £3m Bid

Over the past three seasons, since his move to Sheffield Wednesday, Keiren Westwood has secured his place as the best keeper in the Championship. He is almost certainly a player of Premier League quality.

According to Colin Young in today's Irish Independent, Westwood could be on the move this summer, though not to the Premier League.

After jettisoning both Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan following their relegation from the Premier League, Middlesbrough are on the hunt for a new keeper. It appears that newly-appointed manager Garry Monks likes the look of Westwood.

Last season, the Irish international kept 16 clean sheets for Sheffield Wednesday as his side failed to gain promotion to English football's top tier. That was two more than the 32-year-old had the previous season.

Wednesday lost to Huddersfield on penalties in the playoff semi-final. It was the second year in a row that Westwood and Wednesday were defeated in the playoffs.

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From the perspective of Westwood getting to play Premier League football once again, Middlesbrough would appear to be the better option. Sheffield Wednesday are likely to be playoff contenders once again this season but an automatic promotion spot is unlikely. Middlesbrough, by comparison, are favourites to win the Championship.

Boro have reportedly tabled a £3 million bid for the keeper who they have been linked with in the past.

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