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Birmingham’s new additions

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It’s been a good week in terms of numbers of the squad at the Blues, as the club have moved to strengthen our paper thin squad with two new additions, one being crucial.

Ben Foster arrived at St.Andrews yesterday and put pen to paper on a three year deal. The former United keeper needs to get first team football, and we are desperate to secure the services of a good keeper in the long term. Foster is a massive coup. It’s easy to forget his England experience, and the fact that Alex Ferguson saw something really special in him when he paid £1 million for him. His career had started to stagnate however, and now he has the chance to emulate the heroics of Joe Hart next season, and can push to get back within the England set up.

The club have done fantastically well to target their man and to move quickly to secure his services. It was becoming ever apparant that with the length of time the fantastic form of Joe Hart went on, we were losing a grip on ever seeing him in a Blues shirt again. Joe Hart will be first choice at Manchester City next season, and has received a massive career boost due  to a season of first team action. Ben Foster can take heart from this, and all Blues fans will warmly receive the keeper who will slot into our defence nicely.

The second signing, Enric Valles Prat, to give a full name, isn’t somebody I can talk about at length. There seems to be very little known about the player, and it could be the case that he’s signed for a year, and we’ll see very little of him. McLeish must have signed him for a reason though, so we shall see during the pre-season friendlies whether the player will see any competitive time for Birmingham City.

With a bid that was tabled for Charles N’Zogbia, the clubs intentions seem to be good, and they seem willing to spend the money to get the club to push forward. With the relative speed that the Ben Foster deal was conducted at, lets hope we can go about our transfer dealings in the same way all summer. Excited? You bet I am.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

May 20, 2010 at 11:00 am

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