Long, Hargreaves and Foster set for WBA

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Updated: July 23, 2011

According to reports in the Daily Express West Brom are closing in on a double swoop that would take Shane Long and Ben Foster back to the Premier League as well as reportedly entering talks with former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves about a pay-as-you-play deal.

The chase for the highly rated Long appears to be finally coming to an end with West Brom said to have held positive discussions with Reading on the asking price. Reading who earlier in the summer valued the striker at close to 20 million have softened their stance of late and are believed to be willing to accept a fee closer to 5 million pounds.

West Brom are willing to do business at that price and hope to hold off a late bid from Newcastle to secure the player.

Meanwhile negotiations are already well advanced with Birmingham for keeper Foster with West Brom willing to pay an initial £1m loan fee with a view to a £4m permanent move with just personal terms remaining to be agreed.

Birmingham are offering the cut-price deal because they want Foster’s £1.5m-a-year wages off their books.

Hodgson was also first in for free agent Hargreaves, whom he is keen to sign on a free transfer if he can prove his fitness.

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