Roy targeting Foster move

Baggies boss puts Blues keeper top of target list

Last Updated: 21/07/11 3:24pm

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West Brom boss Roy Hodgson admits he would be 'very happy' if he could bring Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster to the club.

The veteran manager is believed to be in the market for a new keeper following Scott Carson's move to Bursaspor, and has identified two "major" players to bolster his squad heading into the new season.

It was initially thought that Hodgson's first choice was to bring in West Ham stopper Rob Green following the Hammers' relegation to the Championship, as well as a possible bid for Reading striker Shane Long.

Loan deal

It has been suggested Birmingham would be willing to allow Foster to leave on loan for one season ahead of a possible £4million deal as they look to chop their wage bill.

Hodgson concedes that Foster's availability is on the club's radar, but would not commit to answering whether any concrete discussions had taken place.

"I am aware of our interest in Ben Foster but I am not aware of how far down the line we are with our negotiations with Birmingham, so I can't make any comments on that.

"But Ben Foster is a goalkeeper who interests us and, if we can get him to West Bromwich Albion on loan or on a permanent deal, that would be something we would be very happy about."

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