McLeish finalises Foster swoop

Birmingham City have completed the signing of England goalkeeper Ben Foster for an undisclosed fee from Manchester United.

The 27-year-old has signed a four-year contract at St Andrew’s, having decided to leave the Red Devils in search of regular first-team football.

Foster, who has won four senior caps to date, missed out on England’s plans for the World Cup finals this summer as a result of his lack of action, but United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is in no doubt about his former player’s capabilities.

He recently stated:“We accepted the bid from Birmingham City simply because we knew how concerned Ben was about his future and I can understand that.

“I think most of that comes from his disappointment of not having played enough games to get in the England squad this summer.

“I still feel very strongly about this, that Ben’s the best England goalkeeper and I can’t work out why he wasn’t even considered simply because he didn’t have enough football.

“Sometimes your conscience does come into it and you have to understand a player’s feelings about it.

“Ben’s been a terrific servant for us, he’s been very unlucky with a couple of injuries he’s had with us last season and I think he deserves the opportunity to do better for himself.”

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