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O'Connor hails Birmingham's Faddy

Birmingham striker Garry O'Connor has hailed the signing of his Scotland international team-mate James McFadden from Everton in a 5million deal.

Despite rumours of another club making a last-minute move last night, McFadden completed his medical and signed a three-and-a-half year contract, with an option for a further two years, this morning in a deal that could eventually cost Birmingham 6million.

After the deal was completed, O'Connor said: "This is a great positive for Birmingham. I've worked with James in the past and he is a fantastic player. It is a great addition to the squad. He plays in any position - midfield or striker - so he is great to have him in the team.

"We played a couple of times together for Scotland and James never loses the ball and he has got that passion and commitment towards the game. He fights for every ball. He has got that attitude that if he loses the ball, he gets so frustrated and has to run back and chase people.

"He has got that little bit of quality which you have seen at international level and now probably in the Premier League. He can score fantastic goals from anywhere on the pitch."

McFadden hit the headlines last year when his goals almost fired Scotland into Euro 2008. His strike against France at the Parc des Princes is already considered to be one of Scotland's greatest goals.



McFadden signed before noon, so the 24-year-old can go straight into Alex McLeish's squad to face Chelsea tomorrow, along with fellow new-signing David Murphy, who joined from Hibs yesterday in a deal that could be worth 2.5million.




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

Date:Friday January 18 2008

Time: 2:00PM

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This is a brillaint signing for the blues .... if he teams up well with O'Connor as you know he can you have a formidable partnership in the offing.. I'm really surprised Everton let him go to be honest..
Chix
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18/01/2008 14:08:00

if he plays at the best of his ability, we're all in for some good times.
The Blues Brother
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18/01/2008 14:19:00

A pretty good deal for you. Well, good that he joined you. Stupid amount of money, though. Should never have paid a penny more than 2.5million!
CowesBhoy
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18/01/2008 14:55:00

Comments from Toffees seem to indicate they're not all that bothered - could be sour grapes I daresay. As a Scotland fan my complaint was that he always tried to do too much and when it didn't come off he got frustrated and then either started lunging into tackles or lost the ball. This was under Berti Vogts mind and we were gash all round so he possibly didn't feel confident in who he might pass to. He was a bit of a revalation in the Euro 2008 campaign of course and perhaps will relish a new lease of life and of course teaming up with McLeish. Not sure where CowesBhoy is coming from - next he'll be saying that Boruc is worth more than 9 million!
itsnomarooned
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18/01/2008 16:03:00

Birmingham the Brave. McBrum. Where will it end.
storagematt
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18/01/2008 16:06:00

Boruc wouldn't got for less than 12million because of the new contract he is on. As for Faddy - he'll do well, I really hope he does, but it's a gamble for Birmingham because if they do go down they may have a problem financially.
CowesBhoy
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18/01/2008 16:11:00

Ah - so is the inference here that Boruc is definitely on his way and that the contract is merely a way of generating as much cash as possible? Apologies for hijacking this page with risible (and probably uninteresting to most) SPL chat!
itsnomarooned
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18/01/2008 16:44:00

I'm not claiming to speak for the majority view, whatever that is, but the Boruc situation is probably the same as Petrov - we all know he is leaving, so get him on a long contract so we can maximise the cash we get for it. Some would shoot me even for suggesting it, but it makes sense!
CowesBhoy
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18/01/2008 16:51:00

Nothing wrong with SPL chat - our manager obviously is still looking up there for players and if Murphy goes on to be as good as we all hope he will, then we may have picked up a bargain without wasting cash thrown at clubs in our own league!
Jasper's Parrot
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18/01/2008 16:53:00

To be honest it's not the signing of Faddy that has really surprised me, it's that we actually paid this sort of cash out and, apart from the Sky Sports News claims last night, it all went through pretty easily!
OneTeamInBirmingham
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18/01/2008 16:58:00

Just wait till your watching him week in week out, 80% of the time he tackles himself. He never attempts to win it back either. I've been saying since he scored for sotland again france to sell him, he's a 2 million player but right now we managed to get 5.5
EvertonMike
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18/01/2008 17:13:00

EvertonMike - know what you're saying, that used to be my frustration with him for Scotland. But as I said earlier, it could be the McLeish connection that is the making of him at club level. Time will tell if the price tag is a bargain or daylight robbery.
itsnomarooned
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18/01/2008 18:03:00

Or the third option of not being a bargain but not being daylight robbery, somewhere in between where both sides are happy enough. Could be worse, we could be crying over Jermain Defoe!
Jasper's Parrot
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18/01/2008 18:07:00

He can be brilliant at times yes mate, but realise youve just paid 6 million for a striker with a goals per game record of 1 in 8.5
EvertonMike
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18/01/2008 23:25:00

Good job we've not signed him as a striker, then!
Jasper's Parrot
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19/01/2008 13:06:00

 

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