Clark confirms Foster talks
Birmingham boss Lee Clark has confirmed West Brom are eyeing a deal for Ben Foster but has warned clubs off Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland.
Last Updated: 27/06/12 2:30pm
New Birmingham manager Lee Clark has confirmed talks are continuing with West Brom over a deal for Ben Foster, but insists only 'crazy' bids will see them sell youngsters Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland.
The former Huddersfield Town boss was formally appointed as new Blues manager on Tuesday and has immediately set about assessing his squad ahead of the new season.
With the club still suffering a financial hangover following relegation in 2011 and a transfer embargo in place due to a failure to submit the 2010/11 accounts, there has been speculation as to the club's ability to hold onto their best players.
Much of that speculation surrounds goalkeeper Foster, who spent last season on loan at West Brom, as well as talented youngsters Redmond and Butland.
Clark confirmed that talks were taking place with the Baggies over a deal for Foster but is confident the club's two young stars will remain in the Midlands.
"There's been dialogue with WBA over Ben Foster, that's been well known, we can see how that develops over the next few weeks," he told Sky Sports News.
Fantastic young players
"Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland are two fantastic young players, Peter [Pannu - acting chairman] has already come and said that only 'eye popping bids' - I mean crazy bids - would be accepted.
"It would take big, big numbers, huge numbers.
"I'm saying to you now that those lads will be part of the group that starts the season, because they are two fantastic young players."