EXCLUSIVE: West Brom ready to buy Foster
Published 22:30 21/03/12 By James Nursey
West Brom have told Birmingham they want keeper Ben Foster permanently this summer.
Albion signed the 28-year-old England keeper from relegated cash-strapped City on a season-long loan
Blues agreed to the deal just to get Foster's £27,000-a-week salary off their books after relegation to the Championship.
The star, who moved to Birmingham from Manchester United in 2010 and has been capped five times by England, has impressed at The Hawthorns with a string of fine displays.
And Birmingham may sell £4million-rated Foster as they have highly-rated teenager Jack Butland, who they rate as future Premier League class, coming through.
Their goalkeeping coach Dave Watson, who has coached Joe Hart as well as Foster, believes the 19-year-old is the potentially most best of the three.
Blues know they must give Butland - currently gaining first-team experience on loan at League Two promotion chasers Cheltenham - a chance next season, whatever division they are in, to keep the talented shot-stopper, amid interest from Arsenal.