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England goalkeeper joins promoted West Brom

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  • England international Scott Carson joins newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion
  • The 22-year-old moves to the Midlands on a four-year contract from Liverpool
  • The Baggies pay $6.5 million for goalkeeper after Stoke drop out of running
  • Carson spent most of past three seasons loaned to other clubs
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(CNN) -- Premier League newcomers West Brom have completed the $6.5 million signing of England international Scott Carson from Liverpool.

Scott Carson has ended speculation about his future by joining promoted West Bromwich Albion.

Scott Carson has ended speculation about his future by joining promoted West Bromwich Albion.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper, who played in 35 Premier League games for Aston Villa last season, has put pen to paper on a four-year-deal. The Midlands club also have the option of adding another year to the deal.

WBA manager Tony Mowbray swooped for the former Leeds player after fellow top-flight newcomers Stoke City ended their interest in the player on Thursday.

Earlier this summer, Villa said they were priced out of a move for Carson after Liverpool quoted them a fee of around $20 million.

"The Baggies have made their seventh summer signing with the £3.25 million capture of England international Scott Carson from Liverpool. The fee could rise to £3.75 million depending on performance-related criteria," West Brom said on the club's Web site.

Carson joins young Scottish forward Graham Dorrans, Dutch defender Gianni Zuiverloon and Slovakian full-back Marek Cech in moving to the Hawthorns this summer, while last season's loan strikers Roman Bednar and Luke Moore and midfielder Do-heon Kim clinched permanent moves.

"Our intention since clinching promotion has been to strengthen all departments of the team," Mowbray said. "Scott's arrival means we've got strong competition in the goalkeeping position.

"Scott is a young keeper who has achieved a lot in a short space of time. 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 was named in England's squad for the 2006 World Cup, but did not make his senior debut until last November's 1-0 friendly win over Austria.

He was pitched into the deep end for England's crunch Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia five days later, but made a horrible mistake which helped the visitors seal a 3-2 victory and end his country's hopes of a finals place.

Carson began his professional career with Leeds, making his Premier League debut in January 2004 before being sold to Liverpool for $1.5 million a year later on a four-year contract.

However, he spent most of the past three seasons on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton and Villa as he failed to break into Rafael Benitez's first-team plans.

Meanwhile, Stoke signed Reading striker Dave Kitson for a club-record fee of $11 million on Friday.

The 28-year-old became City's first signing since winning promotion, agreeing a three-year contract.

He scored 54 goals in 111 appearances for Reading, who were relegated last season.

"I need to be in the Premier League," he said. "I have worked hard to get here with both Cambridge and Reading, so when the opportunity arose I wanted to get the deal done. I came down had a look around the club and I knew this was where I wanted to be."

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