Roy Hodgson has said that he would be “very happy” about bringing Ben Foster to the Hawthorns.
Hodgson has been in the market for a new goalkeeper all summer, with Foster and West Ham’s Robert Green both linked after the departure of Scott Carson to Turkish side Bursaspor.
Some believed Green would be Hodgson’s first choice, but it’s Foster who’s caught the former Liverpool, Fulham, and Inter Milan manager’s eye.
"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," Hodgson said.
"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."
After Birmingham’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League, it’s understood that the club will need to lower its wage bill.
West Brom are thought to be interested in taking Foster on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent contract afterwards on a £4 million deal.
Hodgson said earlier this week that he is chasing “a couple of major players” and it is believed Foster would be one of those players.
The other player is believed to be Shane Long. The 24-year-old Reading ace, who scored 25 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions last season, is believed to be the target of an £8 million bid from Hodgson.
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