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Roy Hodgson: West Brom Want Ben Foster

Hawthorns boss has his eye on shot-stopper.

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West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson wants to sign Birmingham City goalkeeper Ben Foster as a replacement for Scott Carson.

Reports suggest the 28-year-old will be allowed to leave the Blues on-loan in an effort to reduce their wage bill as they look to bounce back into the Premier League.

The England international has been linked to a number of clubs but the Baggies want him to replace Carson, who joined Turkish club, Bursaspor, earlier this summer.

This week, Hodgson spoke of targets he had identified to chairman Jeremy Peace and he hopes they will be able to sign.

The Baggies boss refused to name his targets but one is certain to be a goalkeeper while the other is thought to be Reading striker Shane Long.

West Brom also have interest in former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves and plan to hold further talks with the free agent in the near future.

Asked about Ben Foster, Hodgson told the Express & Star: “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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