Roy Hodgson confirms interest in Ben Foster

21 July 2011 06:10
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has admitted his interest in bringing goalkeeper Ben Foster to The Hawthorns and the Black Country club are in talks with Birmingham. [LNB]The Blues are willing to allow Foster, who has currently made himself unavailable for England, to leave St Andrew's on loan over the forthcoming season in a bid to reduce their wage bill.[LNB] On the move: Goalkeeper Foster is set to leave Birmingham this summer [LNB] Foster has been linked with a host of clubs over the summer, with midlands neighbours Albion leading the chase having sold Scott Carson to Turkish club Bursaspor for an undisclosed fee. [LNB] The Long and short of it: Hodgson is also keen on the Reading striker [LNB] Asked about the 28-year-old stopper, 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. [LNB]'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.'[LNB] Earlier this week, Hodgson spoke of a 'couple of major targets' that he had identified who would make a major difference to his squad, stressing chairman Jeremy Peace knows who they are and will hopefully be acting. [LNB]The Baggies boss refused to name his targets but one is certain to be a goalkeeper while the other is thought to be a striker, with Reading's Shane Long believed to be on their radar. [LNB] Albion also still have interest in former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves and plan to hold further talks with the free agent in the near future. [LNB]  Dorrans on target as West Brom continue US tour with win over student sidePortland Timbers 2 West Brom 3: Tamas stunner earns Baggies second tour win

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