Manchester United Goalkeeper Ben Foster 'Close' To Agreeing Contract With Birmingham City Over £5m Move - Agent

One young English goalkeeper to replace another...
Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster is "close" to agreeing personal terms with Birmingham City after the two clubs agreed a transfer deal worth around £5 million, revealed his agent.

Foster has struggled to force his way past Edwin van der Sar in the United pecking order, and Birmingham manager Alex McLeish sees him as a perfect replacement for Joe Hart, whose season-long loan stay at the club from Manchester City ended last week.

City informed Birmingham they would not allow Hart to go out on loan for another campaign, leading McLeish's attention to turn to Foster. With the 27-year-old looking to kick-start his career, his agent Lee Payne confirmed that he expected his client to agree a contract with the St Andrews club early next week.

"We are close to agreeing a deal," Payne told Sky Sports. "The two clubs have agreed a fee and given us permission to talk to Birmingham.

"We fully expect the deal to be completed either this weekend or the start of next week."

Foster has been capped four times for England, but his lack of recent first-team football has ended his hopes of attending this summer's World Cup. In his place, Hart's stellar form has booked his place in Capello's squad.

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