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Carson Closes in on Turkish Switch

Friday 24th June 2011
West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Scott Carson has today undergone a medical ahead of a proposed move to Turkish Süper Lig side Bursaspor.

The England international keeper has been given permission by Albion to travel to Turkey whilst the two clubs negotiate a fee for the 25-year-old. Albion are hoping to agree a fee in the region of £1.5m - £2m for the former Liverpool goalkeeper who joined the club in July 2008.

Carson started his career at Leeds United before joining Liverpool in January 2005 for £750k. The Cumbrian found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Anfield and spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic. During his time at The Valley, Carson was named Supporters Club Player of the Year after impressing during his time at the Addicks, before returning to Anfield.

Aston Villa took Carson to Villa Park in August 2007 and he made 35 appearances for Albion's Midland rivals keeping 11 clean sheets. It was during his time at Villa when he made his now infamous error against Croatia on his full competitive debut which helped to end England's chances of qualification for Euro 2008.

On his return to Anfield, Carson had the choice of joining Albion or Stoke City, opting for a move to The Hawthorns on a four-year contract with a fee of £3.25 million paid to Liverpool. Carson made over 100 appearances during his three seasons at The Hawthorns and Roberto Di Matteo gave him the captains' armband as Albion gained automatic promotion from the Championship.

I don't think Carson has ever fully recovered from his error on that wet night at Wembley and high profile errors in the Premier League have not helped his confidence. A number of Albion fans have targeted Carson's performances and I think this deal will suit both parties. Albion get a good fee for a player entering the final year of his contract and Carson gets a move to a developing league for a club wanting to break into the Champions League.

He has certainly left his mark on a number of Albion fans, he certainly had memorable moments but I hope that a move away from the English media spotlight and a solid first season at Bursaspor will boost his confidence on the pitch. He has left me with some memories I'd rather forget but that gap-toothed grin between the sticks will always bring a smile to my face.

Good luck Scott.
Ant Bailey

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