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Eck stuns Man Utd: Birmingham would have taken Foster on-loan

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has revealed he would've been happy to take Ben Foster on-loan from Manchester United in the summer. Foster has been a huge success with his new club, forcing his way into the England team and comes up against Sir Alex Ferguson and United tonight.

Instead of grooming Foster as Edwin van der Sar's successor, Ferguson is now chasing goalkeeper signing number two after already splashing out for Aalesunds No1 Anders Lindegaard.

McLeish, who bought Foster for £6m, said: "I didn't want to do a loan deal, but if that was the only way we could get Foster from United, I would have done it.

"Sir Alex liked Foster even when he sold him to us. He thought he could be in the running for the England position.

"But Alex couldn't let it go on any longer. He had to let Foster go in fairness to him, so that Foster could get first-team football."

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