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Murphy nears Birmingham switch

Left-back David Murphy will move from Hibs to Birmingham City within days in a deal that could cost 2.5million, according to reports.

The Daily Record claims an initial payment of 1.5million will be made, another 500,000 will be made after Murphy plays a certain number of games and another 500,000 will be due if (surely that should be when?) Birmingham avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.

The offer now on the table is apparently a final one - and the deal may have gone through earlier if Hibs had previously backed down on their demand that the entire fee should be paid up front.

Birmingham chairman David Gold said: "They (Hibs) are playing hardball but we are not that far away. We have made our stance known and we won't capitulate to other people's demand."

Former Middlesbrough man Murphy, 23, moved to Easter Road in the summer 2004 and has impressed during his time in Scotland. New Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen wanted to keep hold of the player, but the decision was taken out of his hands.




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Writer: Jasper's Parrot Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 16 2008

Time: 1:29PM

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As a hearts fan this is excellent news - especially just before the Edinburgh derby. Cheers guys. Seriously though, I do rate Murphy but not sure he's worth 2.5 mil. Isuppose it depends on how desperate you are for that position to be covered. Early impressions on McLeish??
itsnomarooned
He seems decent enough - but hard to tell until after the transfer window as he's not dealing with "his" players, etc, etc. But I think he will be good for the players once everything settles.
Jasper's Parrot
While I think McLeish did a good job with Scotland, some of this was only building on work done by Walter Smith who couldn't have done a worse job than Berti Vogts. There's a school of thought up here that McLeish is a lucky manager and has left jobs (Motherwell & Hibs) at just the right time prior to being "found out". He did well at Rangers but given their recources it would be hard to make a complete erse of it. He did seem to be treated pretty harshly by them in the end and I hope he does a decent job for you guys.
itsnomarooned
he would be a great player to get into your team he is a proven match winner and has class written all over him
ozanne park rangers
 

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