Hughton - No Foster talks

Birmingham manager surprised by Hodgson's comments

Ben Foster: West Brom want to sign the goalkeeper on a permanent basis from Birmingham

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Chris Hughton admits he was 'surprised' by Roy Hodgson's comments regarding West Bromwich Albion's desire to agree a permanent deal for Ben Foster.

Former England goalkeeper Foster is on a season-long loan at West Brom from Birmingham City and Hodgson wants to retain the 28-year-old for the long term.

Hodgson suggested last week that he would prefer to have a decision made on Foster before the end of the season as he does not want to be scrambling to sign a new keeper in the summer.

Foster has also admitted that he would like his future to be sorted out as soon as possible, with a decision likely to hinge on whether Birmingham win promotion back to the Premier League.

Dependent

However, with Birmingham still battling to secure a play-off spot, Hughton is adamant there is no rush to hold talks over where Foster will be playing his football next season.

"I was surprised at Roy's comments, because there haven't been any talks between the two clubs recently," said the Blues boss in the Daily Mirror.

"We're all aware of the fact that Ben Foster is our goalkeeper so dialogue will have to take place at some stage. But there haven't been any talks of late and it will be addressed at the right time.

"We are pushing for the play-offs and it is very dependent on ourselves."