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The left-back is thrilled that the Baggies have managed to secure the services of the former Birmingham City keeper following his season-long loan last campaign

West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell has revealed his delight at the capture of “world-class” goalkeeper Ben Foster on a permanent deal.

New Baggies boss Steve Clarke completed the signing of the former Manchester United man on a three-year deal for a fee believed to be around £4 million, after the 29-year-old spent last season on loan at the Hawthorns from Birmingham City.

And Ridgewell, who has been converted into a left-back after being employed as a centre-half throughout his career, believes Albion's goalkeeping options are oozing quality after Boaz Myhill also returned from his loan spell at St Andrews.

"Signing Ben was absolutely fantastic, one of the best pieces of news of the summer," Ridgewell told the club's official site.

"The term world class is easily used these days - but Foz [Foster] really is that good.

"He gives great confidence to the defenders playing in front of him. I'm sure a few clubs wouldn't have minded signing him so for us to get him was a fantastic bit of business.

"All credit to the chairman for getting him signed up.”

West Brom are also thought to leading the chase for Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia, with a £2m fee touted.