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Ben Foster moves to Birmingham City
Ben Foster has marked United’ first transfer activity of the summer as a departure, as England’s Euro 2008 keeper completes a long-anticipated move to Birmingham City for a fee undisclosed fee said to be worth up to £7 Million. Foster was left-out of England’s World Cup squad, and had recently expressed his desire to leave.

27-year-old Foster moved to The Reds from Stoke City back in 2005, but has struggled to make an impact under Sir Alex. He has made just 23 appearances in five seasons at Old Trafford. Foster only managed to make a first team debut in early 2008, after a two season spell on-loan at Watford. Despite numerous errors in his past few games, he has managed to keep a clean sheet in a third of his games.

Birmingham manager, Alex McLeish, moved for Foster after Manchester City refused to consider the prospect of selling Joe Hart. Hart spent the season on-loan with the Blues, but will stay at Eastlands as City’s no. 1 Shay Given is struggling with a shoulder injury. 

Foster has singed a three-year deal at St Andrews for a fee thought to be in the region of £7 Million. Despite shifting down the ranks, Foster says he is looking forward to his time with Brum: “I look forward to playing first-team football and that’s hopefully what I’ll be getting here. As long as things go well for me, and hopefully they will, I’ll be knocking on the England door again.”

He added: “People say I have left Manchester United but I definitely don’t see it as a step back.
“I am really excited and think it is a big step forward for me to be playing first-team football in the Premier League. I love playing football and training is good but for me something needs to be there at the end of the week.”

“It is exactly what I need. I have had three years at United in and out of the team, not playing too regularly. It is a fantastic opportunity for me now to play regular football. I’m 27 – in terms of goalkeeping, fairly young. I’d like to think I’ve got a few years ahead of me yet. It is an exciting time of my career.”

Best of luck mate…




Thu, 20 May 2010 10:52:28 pm

All de best 2 him. But SAF did say he was the Best Goalie in England – if so then why not keep him !



Thu, 20 May 2010 11:59:18 pm

good ridence, cant understand why everyone wishes him well when the lads a god awful stopper with a minimum of three mistakes a game and will cost his team points like the howler did us. fergie did the right thing with ben as he aint anywhere near the level of edwin and tomasz and would soon of been forth to the younger and more potential b.amos, best of luck birmingham you need it.



Fri, 21 May 2010 8:45:59 am

al d best ben


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