West Brom are stepping up their bid to sign Birmingham keeper Ben Foster on a permanent basis, Press Association Sport understands.

New Blues boss Lee Clark admitted on Wednesday that negotiations are "ongoing" with Albion regarding Foster. Cologne keeper Michael Rensing is also believed to be on the list of possible contenders being targeted by the Baggies.

However, Foster remains their number one choice after his outstanding form when on loan from Birmingham last season.

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