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West Brom to Buy Onloan Keeper Foster, Mirror Says: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

West Brom to Buy Foster

West Bromwich would like to extend a season-long loan contract with goalkeeper Ben Foster into a permanent one after the season, the Daily Mirror reported.

Foster, who has been valued at 4 million pounds ($6.3 million), joined the club from Birmingham City after it was relegated to the Championship.

Clear-Out at Norwich

Norwich players Zak Whitbread, Elliott Ward and Aaron Wilbraham won’t be offered new deals once their contracts run out after this season, the Sun reported. Striker Chris Martin, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, may also be sold, the newspaper said.

Henry’s Visit to Fabrice

Former Arsenal player Thierry Henry flew in from the U.S. for a few hours yesterday to see Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba in the hospital, the Daily Mail reported.

Muamba, a former Arsenal mate of the Frenchman, suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during an F.A. Cup quarterfinal match against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Although his heart had stopped beating for 78 minutes, he’s slowly recovering and is able to recognize family members and respond to questions.

Kean Warns Hoilett

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has warned Junior Hoilett that life at a bigger club could be spent on the bench, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Canadian forward, whose contract runs out in June, has attracted interest from Arsenal, Newcastle and Bayern Munich.

“We want him to stay here because he’s playing out of his skin,” the paper quoted Kean as saying. “Would he play week in week out if he went to another club? I don’t know.”

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