West Bromwich Albion have joined the battle for off contract West Ham United goalkeeper Robert Green.

The Mirror says Albion fear they can't ­afford the £5m fee that Birmingham City will be seeking and won't be able to match the wages Ben Foster will be offered by Queen's Park Rangers.

So Green, available on a free transfer from West Ham, is the answer.

Newly-promoted Southampton are also keen on the 32-year-old, but new manager Steve Clarke worked closely with him during his time as No2 to Gianfranco Zola at Upton Park.