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United - Dip Out on Cash!

Nice little earner for somebody!

With Ben Foster paraded at a press conference this afternoon, as the new Birmingham City goalkeeper, it turns out that United will not be pocketing all the reputed 6 million fee.

Back in 2005, when Foster came to United from Stoke, the Staffordshire club were sensible enough to negotiate a selling-on clause in the deal. A clause that stipulated they`d receive 30% of any sell-on fee.

In the financially prudent words of their chairman, Peter Coates,

"We always try to cover ourselves in these deals. When we heard talk about Ben possibly going we were hoping United would get as much as possible."

Suddenly, 4.5 million for what Sir Alex called the best English keeper in the Premier League doesn`t seem that much of a good deal does it!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 21 2010

Time: 4:26PM

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Considering how much Gordon cost!
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21/05/2010 16:30:00

lol these sell on clauses are really a shrew piece of business, aren't they! Stoke can pocket a neat 1.8 million. Not that 2 million is a big amount for the big clubs, though.
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21/05/2010 16:48:00

Getting any transfer fee for a third choice goalkeeper is good business. 4m would be around 4 times more than the initial fee we paid.
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21/05/2010 17:04:00

Third?? I thought he was your second choice gk. He was touted as future gk for England when he was third choice??!!
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21/05/2010 18:43:00

For all the rubbish performances on the pitch,that is still a pretty good deal.Next year I hope we have a new keeper at Old Trafford.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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21/05/2010 20:00:00

At the start of last season, we all thought foster would be our number 2. Instead, when given his chance Foster was a liability and was subsequently dropped for Kuszczak who did a surprisingly good job! Further to that, when VDS was fit, Kuszczak was usually the preferred option on the bench (especially for the big games).
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21/05/2010 21:43:00

I think Birmingham were being a bit generous with 6 mil so to complain about a 1.5 mil loss really doesnt bother me.
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21/05/2010 21:55:00

We probably only demanded that much because of the sell on clause. Also, being english makes him worth more. Not many teams will have a homegrown goalkeeper, meaning they'll have one less space in the squad for foreign players (which is the only reason I'd have kept foster over kuszczak).
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21/05/2010 23:22:00

wonder if they enquired about buying Hart on a permanent basis?
Red Boy
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23/05/2010 17:44:00

Hart seemed better than Foster and would have cost more i imagine.
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24/05/2010 06:58:00


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