Apparently this is a done deal, but why have Tottenham bought this former-West Ham keeper?
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Stephen Bywater, Derby to – Insider says: 5/5
This is a done deal. Derby’s second-choice stopper has become Tottenham’s reserve keeper in a £300,000 transfer. Bywater, who couldn’t get a game for hapless County last season, will be Heurelho Gomes understudy at White Hart Lane. (Thisislondon.co.uk)
Tottenham’s summer spending looks set to continue with a deal for Derby goalkeeper Stephen Bywater edging close.
That vacancy would appear to have been filled by Bywater, who Derby boss Paul Jewell confirmed he had received a bid for from Spurs.
Jewell told the Evening Telegraph: “Tottenham came in with a bid for Stephen and the player is very keen to go, which is fully understandable. (Setanta Sports)
Okay so he is cheap, but he is also not that good. Whilst he wasn’t to blame for the avalanche of goals conceded by Derby last season, 18 starts by Bywater lead to 41 goals conceded and led to him being dropped for the equally-hapless Roy Carroll.
Yes he was a very promising young talent when first captured by West Ham, but he hasn’t exactly shone since and Tottenham already have a pretty decent young reserve in the shape of Ben Alnwick, a 21-year-old with Premier League experience, who had a good spell at Leicester on loan last season. Surely Bywater would be below the youngster and firmly ensconced in third spot at White Hart Lane? Do Spurs fans think this is a wise signing or are there other wiser keeper signings to consider?