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West Brom On Brink Of Birmingham City Double Swoop

Hawthorns club to welcome St Andrew’s pair.

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West Bromwich Albion are on the verge of signing Birmingham City duo Ben Foster and Liam Ridgewell.

Foster, 28, will agree a season-long loan move to the Hawthorns to replace goalkeeper Scott Carson, who has joined Bursaspor.

The semi-retired England international clashed with first-team coach Paul Trollope in a car park after the shot-stopper arrived late for training.

Ridgewell will join his team-mate at the Hawthorns after agreeing a £2million permanent deal, according to the Guardian.

Cash-strapped Birmingham are desperate to offload their top earners as they adjust to life in Championship following relegation.

The Blues, who need to raise money to solve short-term cash-flow difficulties, will also sanction the departure of defender Scott Dann in the coming weeks.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton are all keen on the 24-year-old, who earlier this month rejected an £8million move to Stoke City earlier this month.

Birmingham owner Carson Yeung has had his assets frozen by the Hong Kong courts after he was charged with five counts of money laundering – which he denies.

Craig Gardner, Roger Johnson and Barry Ferguson have already departed for a combined total of £12m.

Cameron Jerome and Nikola Zigic will not be far behind them if buyers can be found. Stephen Carr is also expected to move on, leaving manager Chris Hughton with a very difficult task.

Birmingham will receive half their £16million Premier League parachute payment in the middle of next month but Hughton is unlikely to see any of that money.

He wants to sign Boaz Myhill from Albion to take over in goal from Foster and is also interested in the former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Dave Jones.

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