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Birmingham have signed striker James McFadden from Everton on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an initial fee of 5million.

The 24-year-old Scotland international signed before noon, meaning he is eligible to face Chelsea at St Andrews tomorrow afternoon. The club have included an option for a further two years in the contract and the transfer fee could rise to 6million depending on appearances.

McFadden is boss Alex McLeish's second signing in two days, following the capture of Hibs left-back David Murphy for 1.5million, rising to 2.5million depending on Birmingham retaining their Premier League status and appearances.

McLeish was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "He is not just a guy who can score great goals. He can also create, make things happen and he has a big heart. James is the type of player you know you are going to get everything from for the entire 90 minutes of a game

"He has matured. He has had his initiation at Everton in the Premier League and for me he is a definite Premier League player. He has shown that in a very good Everton side this season. When he has come into the side, I am not so sure anyone has looked as good as him."

The past two days have been fairly encouraging given there was speculation that McLeish had only a 5million January transfer budget to play with - 6.5million in two days (and potentially 8.5million) - and more signings are expected to follow before the window closes at the end of the month.

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Date:Friday January 18 2008

Time: 12:05PM


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