Birmingham City poised to sign Ben Foster

Birmingham City poised to sign Ben Foster from Man Utd
Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster is set to move to Birmingham City for £4m, BBC Sport understands.

Foster, 27, has only played one Premier League game since October after falling behind Edwin van der Sar and Tomasz Kuzczak in the United pecking order...

He started the season as United's number one but high-profile errors against Chelsea in the Community Shield, against Manchester City in the derby and Sunderland led to reports of a fallout with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
This is probably a good move for all parties. Birmingham need a number one as Joe Hart returns to Manchester City. Ben Foster needs a new start after failing under the pressure of the ManU number one jersey. That's not as damning as it sounds. Look at Tim Howard. He's established himself as a top-class keeper after being judged not good enough for the Red Devils. Birmingham will be hoping that Foster can repeat Howard's arc.

And behind Dann and Johnson in a defence that I believe was the stingiest outside of the top teams, especially if they can recruit some new full-backs in the off-season, Foster may represent great value for fantasy managers come the 2010-2011 season.


  1. Chris O.12:08 PM

    Hope this doesn't mean Hart is stuck as Man City's backup keeper. He deserves a lot more than that.

  2. Unfortunately, that's exactly what it might mean.

    Of course, Hart may start the season as Citeh's number one. They'll have to see where Given is in his recovery, but it's unlikely that they'll take the chance of having Hart unavailable at the beginning of the season. Maybe a January loan then?