Belfast Telegraph

Ridgewell hails 'world class' Foster

West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell is delighted the Baggies have signed "world class" goalkeeper Ben Foster on a permanent deal.

Foster, 29, spent last season on loan at the Hawthorns from Birmingham, but has now made the full-time switch on a three-year contract for a fee believed to be around the £4million mark. Wales international Boaz Myhill is also back with Steve Clarke's side, after his loan spell at Birmingham as part of a swap for Foster.

And Ridgewell believes the Baggies have among the strongest goalkeeping options in the top flight. He told the club's official website: "Signing Ben was absolutely fantastic - one of the best pieces of news of the summer."

He added: "The term world class is easily used these days - but Foz 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.

"Boaz isn't a bad lad to have as a number two either. I know him well from my time at Villa and he has gone from strength to strength.

"There can't be many Premier League clubs who have two such brilliant goalkeepers."


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