Football: Albion Get Their Man as Pounds 3.25m Carson Joins; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Byline: By Lisa Smith
Almost four years after West Bromwich Albion first inquired into the availability of a promising young goalkeeper, they have finally got their man.
England international Scott Carson joins Tony Mowbray's newly promoted Baggies as their seventh signing so far this summer after putting pen to paper on a pounds 3.25 million deal last night in what was alst night described as a "major coup" for the club.
The Liverpool shot-stopper had been expected to join Stoke City after talks with manager Tony Pulis last week but decided to join Albion at the 11th hour after beign tempted by Mowbray's plans to build on next season and make Premier League football the norm at The Hawthorns.
Carson, aged 22, spent last season on loan from Anheld at AstonVilla and had been touted at around pounds 10 milion at the start of the year. Carson, who has made 71 Premier League appearances over the last two seasons, has agreed a four year deal with a further year's option in the club's favour.
The Cumbrian-born keeper passed a medical at The Hawthorns yesterday. He played in all but three of Villa's 38 league matches last season keeping 11 clean sheets and also made his full England debut against Austria after a couple of England B appearances.
But his confidence took a knock when he featured in England's 3-2 European 2008 Championship qualifying defeat to Croatia and he lost his international place to David James.
Carson started his career as a trainee with Leeds United before making his Premier League debut for them in 2004.
It was then Albion were first attracted to the rising star but Liverpool beat both the Baggies and Chelsea to his signature in a pounds 750,000 deal.
Apart from his spell at Villa, Carson also spent tiem at both Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic during his days on Liverpool's books - earning Supporters' Player of the Year in 2007 at the Valley despite Charlton's relegation from the Premier League. …