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Report: Mark Travers Linked With Potentially Brilliant Premier League Move

Report: Mark Travers Linked With Potentially Brilliant Premier League Move
By James Fenton Updated
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Mark Travers could be on his way out of Bournemouth, with reports suggesting that the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper is holding transfer talks with Luton Town.

The Telegraph states that Travers is one of two Premier League goalkeepers that are interesting the Hatters, with the other being recently-departed Everton back-up Asmir Begovic.

Luton need a goalkeeper as they embark on their first top flight campaign since 1991/92, with Ethan Horvath set to return to parent club Nottingham Forest.

This could open the door for Travers to stake his claim as a Premier League first-choice once again, having started last season as the man between the sticks for Bournemouth.

Mark Travers - 2022/23 season

Despite the summer arrival of Brazilian stopper Neto, Travers was Scott Parker's first-choice for the Cherries, and it all started perfectly, as he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 opening day victory over Aston Villa.


However, this was immediately followed by a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, a 4-0 loss to Arsenal, and a soul-destroying 9-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool, which led to Parker leaving the club.

Gary O'Neil immediately made Neto his first-choice 'keeper and club captain, making the likelihood of Travers retaining his place at the Vitality Stadium all the more remote.


On the bright side for the Travers, he performed admirably on the final day of the season, with Neto back in Brazil following the death of his mother.

Travers' saves frustrated an Everton fanbase that was desperate for a win that would see the Toffees avoid relegation, before an Abdoulaye Doucouré thunderbolt finally breached the Maynooth native's net.

24 March 2021; Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Mark Travers leaves the pitch with Republic of Ireland goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely, right, following the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying group A match between Serbia and Republic of Ireland at Stadion Rajko Mitic in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Luton eyeing up Mark Travers

Luton must have liked what they saw, and if Travers is to make the move to Kenilworth Road, it could be seen as a match made in heaven.

With Premier League experience under his belt as part of a squad that was scrapping relegation, Travers could prove very useful to Luton boss Rob Edwards as he plots survival next season.


If Travers is his number one, Ireland boss Stephen Kenny is sure to take notice, with Gavin Bazunu representing Southampton in the Championship, and Caoimhin Kelleher's future still undecided.

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