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West Brom signs goalie Foster to permanent deal

West Bromwich signed goalkeeper Ben Foster to a three-year contract Friday as it sealed his permanent signing from Birmingham.

The 29-year-old Foster spent last season on loan with West Bromwich, but inked a permanent switch on a three-year deal with an option for two more years.

Foster played 37 matches for West Brom last season, helping the club finish in 10th in the English Premier League. Foster missed just the final match of the season last year with a groin injury.

"Ben's been a priority signing all summer," new West Brom manager Steve Clarke said. "His performances last season were exceptional and it was important for the club to strike a permanent deal for him.

"It's a great signing for me and an even better one for the club."

Foster was with Manchester United from 2005-10, and made five appearances for England from 2007-10.