RACING KEEPER FOSTER IN TALKS WITH STOKE

YOUNG Racing Club Warwick goalkeeper Ben Foster is on the verge of a move to Stoke City.

The talented 17-year-old travelled to the Nationwide Division Two club s Britannia Stadium on Wednesday, accompanied by Racing manager Billy Hollywood.The pair spent a day in discussions with former Port Vale boss John Rudge, now Stoke s football executive.Hollywood declined to give details of the talks, or any possible fee. But he suggested a deal to take Foster to the Potteries was on the cards."We spent all day with John Rudge. We hope to have something sorted by next week. You will have to wait and see what develops," he said.Stoke have pursued Foster for several weeks, sending scouts to watch him in action for Racing in the Doc Marten s League. He spent three days on trial earlier this month and was called back for a five-day assessment last week.Hollywood said: "The lad is a big talent and has a long bright future ahead of him. He will go a long way."Foster has been first choice goalkeeper for Racing since Craig Glover switched back to former club Bedworth United in December. A product of Racing s youth team, he featured in the Midland Floodlit Youth League title-winning side last year - often as understudy to Richard Morris, now at Leamington.Hollywood himself is also involved in contract talks. The club want him to sign a four-year deal after turning the relegation battlers into a mid-table side in less than a season."There is every possibility that I will put pen to paper, the club has a bright future," he said.Hollywood hopes to sign a striker from an un-named Midland Alliance club before Sunday s transfer deadline, perhaps before the game at lowly Gresley Rovers tomorrow (Saturday).The Racing boss failed to capture left-sided midfielder Steve Smith from Sutton Coldfield Town. Smith is on a sports and fitness course in Saudi Arabia and is not able to return in time to sign forms before the deadline.Warwick defender Mark Hodson has turned down a move to relegation-threatened Bromsgrove Rovers, saying he is happy and enjoying his football at Hampton Road.