Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Ethan Horvath has now been left stunned by Luton Town after promotion last season. It’s been claimed today that the player won’t be getting a permanent move to Kenilworth Road.
According to The Sun (Print Edition: 18/06; page 59), the Hatters have decided not to sign him permanently. Remarkably, the fee that had been agreed by the two clubs stood at just £1.5 million.
Forest signed Horvath from Genk and he kept 20 clean sheets for Luton last season. He was among the Championship’s top-performing goalkeepers and won promotion to the Premier League for the second successive season.
Ultimately, it’s a case of severe deja vu for Horvath. He found himself shipped out to Luton very shortly after winning promotion to the top flight with Forest through the same route as Luton did.
A fee of £1.5 million doesn’t exactly sound bad at all. Even if Horvath was to sign as a backup option for Rob Edwards, indeed it’s a deal that would suit all parties if it could happen.
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Luton have some other irons in the fire, however. Now, they’re parking their interest in Forest stopper Horvath and moving on to try and sign other goalkeeping targets ahead of the big kick-off.
Forest goalkeeper Horvath left stunned by Luton
This does seem a strange move by the Hatters who had seemed likely to sign Horvath this summer. Boss Edwards called him ‘brilliant’ back in March and it was anticipated he’d try and bring him back.
Horvath probably does deserve a crack at the Premier League now. Had he been Luton’s goalkeeper and kept 20 clean sheets in a promotion-winning campaign, it’s almost certain he’d have got a chance to shine.
Now, it might be a case of back to the drawing board for Reds stopper Horvath. He won’t be getting a chance at Forest and he might now have to head to a European club in search of regular football.