Ben Foster, the highly-rated Birmingham City goalkeeper, has moved across the West Midlands to join West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan deal, with Boaz Myhill moving in the opposite direction.
The two clubs agreed a loan fee, believed to be £1 million, and the transfer is likely to become permanent next summer in a deal worth around £4 million, although much will depend upon whether Chris Hughton’s side can return to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Roy Hodgson had earmarked Foster as the ‘keeper to replace Scott Carson as soon as Albion’s former captain moved to Bursaspor in Turkey, whilst he also had an interest in West Ham’s Robert Green.
However, following Birmingham’s much-publicised money troubles, Hodgson made his mind up to pursue former Manchester United stopper Foster, whilst he may also soon return to St Andrews to cherrypick former Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell.
Myhill, who had been number two at the Hawthorns for the majority of last season, had no intention of playing second fiddle to another goalkeeper, and moves to the Blues on a season-long loan deal and is expected to be Hughton’s number one when the Championship season kicks off next week.