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West Brom snap up keeper Carson

Scott Carson
Carson made his debut for England against Austria in November

West Bromwich Albion have signed England international goalkeeper Scott Carson from Liverpool for 3.25m.

The 22-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, has joined on a four-year deal.

Carson, who had been linked with a move to West Brom's fellow Premier League newcomers Stoke City, is the club's sixth signing this summer.

The fee for Carson could rise to 3.75m, while the club have an option to extend the contract by another year.

"Scott is a young keeper who has achieved a lot in a short space of time," manager Tony Mowbray told West Brom's official site.

"I think he's been looking for some stability in his career after spending a lot of his time as a Liverpool player out on loan at other clubs.

"Scott is one of a group of very talented, emerging, young English goalkeepers. Hopefully, we can provide him with a platform to push his career onwards and upwards."

Carson's signing takes the Baggies' summer spending to 13.75m.

Mowbray has also recruited Roman Bednar, Luke Moore, Do-heon Kim, Graham Dorrans, Gianni Zuiverloon and Marek Cech as he looks to build a squad capable of surviving in the Premier League.

Carson joined Liverpool from Leeds for 750,000 in 2005, but spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, making 35 Premier League appearances.

And the 3.25m fee marks a major reduction in the player's asking price, with Liverpool previously holding out for around 10m, a fee that saw Villa cool their interest in the player.

Carson had also been linked with Blackburn Rovers, with their keeper Brad Friedel reportedly a target for the Villans.

see also
Carson poised for permanent move
10 Nov 07 |  Aston Villa
Baggies sign Porto defender Cech
15 Jul 08 |  West Brom
West Brom complete Dorrans deal
04 Jul 08 |  West Brom

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