Keeper seals Baggies witch
West Bromwich Albion,
Ben Foster has completed his move to West Brom from Birmingham on an initial three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The former England international custodian, who enjoyed a successful season-long loan deal at the Hawthorns last term, opted to make the return to the Baggies despite the change in manager with Steve Clarke replacing now England boss Roy Hodgson. Foster, who joined the Blues from Manchester United in 2010 and was a key member of the side who defeated Arsenal to win the Carling Cup in 2011, was always keen to stay in the Premier League after the St Andrew's outfit failed to secure promotion back up from the Championship last term. On securing the deal for Foster, which also includes a further two-year option in the club's favour, Clarke was delighted to make his first signing since taking over the West Brom hot-seat. He said on the club's website: "Ben's been a priority signing all summer. His performances last season were exceptional and it was important for the club to strike a permanent deal for him. "It's a great signing for me and an even better one for the club. I think the supporters will be delighted we've been able to keep him on board - and make him our player."