Who can solve West Brom's keeper dilemma? Option close to home?

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West Bromwich Albion are considering an emergency loan for a goalkeeper following the injury to Ben Foster

West Bromwich Albion are, according to comments from Tony Pulis carried in the Express and Star, considering their keeper options following news that England stopper Ben Foster will be out for six months with a cruciate ligament injury.

While Boaz Myhill has performed admirably in his stead, should the Wales international get injured Pulis will be down to just 19-year-old rookie Jack Rose as his choice between the sticks following the sale of third-choice keeper Luke Daniels to Scunthorpe in January.

Albion are considering their options and are believed to be approaching the Premier League for approval of an emergency loan deal. To satisfy the Premier League of this they need to convince the authorities that they have just one fit senior keeper on their books and this may fall on deaf ears as it did with Newcastle United in December when they were down to 19-year-old Jak Alnwick and 17-year-old Freddie Woodman with Tim Krul and Rob Elliot injured and Karl Darlow on loan without a recall clause at Nottingham Forest.

Should they get approval then options could include Anders Lindegaard, who has fallen to third-choice at Manchester United following the signing of Vitor Valdes. The 28-year-old Dane has made just 11 appearances this season for the Red Devils and is desperate for first-team football.

However, with Myhill in fine form, it could be that West Brom would just look for experienced cover and that might be available somewhat closer to home. Birmingham City stopper Colin Doyle is out of contract at the end of the season and in all probability won't be offered a new contract following the close of the campaign - and with Nick Townsend pressing his claim for the understudy role, it could be that Doyle follows Foster to the Black Country on a temporary basis.

The giant Irishman has got Premier League experience and has kept well when asked to by Birmingham City - and could provide a much cheaper option.

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