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Irvine strengthens West Brom squad

Alan Irvine, the West Bromwich Albion head coach, confirmed last night that goalkeeper Ben Foster has extended his contract until 2018, with the option of a further year.

The Scot has also signed Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom on a one-year loan deal.

The deal to retain Foster will be considered significant since he won both the players' and supporters' player-of-the-year awards at the end of the last campaign, while Wisdom was added as a consequence of a recommendation from Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager.

"I've spoken to Brendan, whom I've known for a very long time and whom I trust implicitly," said Irvine. "He said Andre would do a good job for us. That was reassuring. You can see the player, but you want to find out what they are like as a person. Brendan spoke highly about him."

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