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Wigan agree fee with BCFC for Beausejour

January 24, 2012

Wigan Athletic have agreed a fee with Birmingham City for Jean Beausejour. The fee agreed by the Latics for the Chilean winger was not disclosed, but reports estimate it to be around £4m. Beausejour underwent a medical at Wigan and only needs to put pen to paper before a formal deal is announced by the Premier League club.

Beausejour joined Birmingham from Club America in £3.3 in August 2010 following some impressive performances for Chile at the 2010 World Cup in South America.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez is a known fan of Beausejour and tried to land the Chilean earlier in the summer but was unable to.

Wigan are currently sitting at the bottom of the Premier League and need to string some decent performances if they are to stay up.

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Birmingham complete Spector signing

August 2, 2011

Birmingham City have completed the signing of American defender Jonathan Spector on a free transfer. USA international Spector, 25, has signed a two year contract at St.Andrew’s and becomes Blues boss Chris Hughton’s seventh signing of the 2011 summer window.

Spector was a free agent after being released by West Ham United, with whom he had spent the last five years, and was linked in the media with a switch to Birmingham’s Championship rivals Leeds United.

Apart from West Ham, Spector has also represented Manchester United and Charlton in the Premier League. Primarily a defender, he can also fill in as a central midfielder if required. He was part of the USA roster at the 2010 World Cup but did not make any appearances at the actual tournament.

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West Brom and Birmingham City swap keepers

July 30, 2011

West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City have swapped keepers, with Ben Foster moving to the Hawthorns and Boaz Myhill going in the opposite direction to St.Andrew’s. Both transfers are loans and will be till the end of the 2011/2012 season. Neither loan deal has a recall clause present, meaning that Foster and Myhill will not be returning to their parent clubs till next season.

Both West Brom and Birmingham were looking for goalkeeper reinforcements following the departures of Scott Carson and Maik Taylor respectively. Carson moved to Bursaspor while Taylor is currently a free agent following his release from Blues.

Foster’s first game at West Brom will be a Premier League opener against defending champions Manchester United, his former club.

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Larsson, Bowyer and Phillips leave Birmingham

May 27, 2011

Sebastian Larsson, Lee Bowyer and Kevin Phillips have parted company with Birmingham City FC, the club have announced. Birmingham, winners of the 2010/11 Carling Cup, were relegated to the Championship on the last day of the Premier League season following a loss to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Along with Larsson, Bowyer and Phillips, goalkeeper Maik Taylor and defenders Martin Jiranek and Stuart Parnaby have also left St. Andrew’s. However veteran defender Stephen Carr will be staying in the Midlands after the club gave him a new one year deal.

Birmingham also revealed that they will be trying their best to keep Scottish forward James McFadden on their books for the 2011/2012 season.

Birmingham fans reacted with surprise to the news of the releases, especially that of Parnaby and Bowyer, both of whom could have helped Blues return immediately to the Premiership.

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Hleb rules out Birmingham stay

April 18, 2011

Belarusian midfielder Alexander Hleb has ruled out a return to Birmingham City next season.

The former Arsenal star is currently on loan from St. Andrew’s from Barcelona, but has struggled to notch up appearances for the Midlands outfit in a season blighted by injuries.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Hleb said that he would not be returning to Birmingham next season, saying that their method of playing was not exactly “his” style of football. The Belarusian also remarked that he would be delighted to return to Arsenal and would take it up if the chance arose.

Hleb did not feature in the Gunners’ Carling Cup victory over Birmingham City. Apart from Barcelona, Arsenal and Birmingham, he has also previously represented BATE in his native Belarus and VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

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Birmingham snap up Davies, target Martins

January 28, 2011

England U-21 centre back Curtis Davies has completed a controversial switch from Aston Villa to Midlands rivals Birmingham City. The 25-year old former WBA stopper has signed a three and a half year deal with Alex McLeish’s club for a fee of around £1.75million, which could eventually rise upto £2.5million. Injury to first choice centre half Scott Dann has left Birmingham vulnerable at the back. The signing of Davies is sure to plug a few holes in the heart of  Birmingham’s back four.

Davies was not getting enough playing time at Villa Park with Collins, Dunne, Clark and Cuellar ahead of him in the pecking order. He spent a good part of this season on loan at Leicester City. He had the option of signing permanently with the Foxes but chose to join Birmingham instead.

After completing Davies’ signing, Birmingham have turned their attentions towards former Newcastle forward Obafemi Martins. The Nigerian international is available on loan from his Russian club Rubin Kazan. A fee of £350,000 should be enough to secure a loan deal till the end of the season.

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Birmingham complete Bentley loan move

January 13, 2011

Alex McLeish has pulled off a major coup by signing Tottenham midfielder David Bentley on loan till the end of the season. Bentley had not been getting any playing time at White Hart Lane with Lennon occupying the right-wing spot. Bentley has welcomed the loan move and said that the move would help him ‘resurrect his career’.

David Bentley’s crossing ability and quality in dead-ball situations caught the League’s fancy in 2008. A big move money, rumoured to be around £15 million followed, and the winger transferred from Blackburn to Tottenham. His career at Tottenham never took off. He made just 42 appearances in three years for the London side, scoring on only three occasions. Bentley is expected to be in the Birmingham squad for the weekend’s Midlands derby against Aston Villa.

After securing Bentley’s services, McLeish is also hoping to sign Scottish forward Kenny Miller in the next few days. The Rangers forward has previous experience of playing in the League with Wolves and Derby County.

On the other hand, Sebastien Larsson is staying with the Midlands club, at least for the time being. His proposed move to Newcastle fell through as the club was not able to agree personal terms with the Swede.

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Birmingham step up N’Zogbia bid

May 22, 2010

Wigan Athletic have been quick to reject an improved offer from Birmingham City for their left midfielder Charles N’Zogbia. Birmingham had initially tabled a £6m offer for the Frenchman which was rejected. An improved offer of £8m was made but Wigan came out insisting that N’Zogbia was not for sale at any price. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan even went to the extent of saying that Birmingham were ‘wasting everyone’s time’ with their pursuit of N’Zogbia.Wigan had signed N’Zogbia from Newcastle in 2009 for £6 million. He has made 48 appearances for Wigan scoring once every eight games.

Birmingham are also interested in Celtic winger Aidan McGeady. With McLeish deciding to extend his contract with the St.Andrews’ outfit, he has been given a considerable amount to spend. The Blues are locked in a £6million bidding war with Spartak Moscow for McGeady.

Birmingham have already signed United’s goalkeeper Ben Foster for £6million and have had bids for Carlton Cole and Paul Konchesky rejected by West Ham and Fulham respectively.

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