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Hull have made their first signing since winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League, turning George Boyd's loan deal into a permanent contract.

Blackburn keen on Sebastian Larsson

Birmingham's in-demand winger Sebastian Larsson has emerged as a target for Blackburn, Press Association Sport understands.

Alex McLeish has sympathy for under pressure Avram Grant

Alex McLeish admits to having every sympathy for Avram Grant in his battle to cling on to his job as West Ham manager.

Birmingham close in on Robbie Keane deal

Birmingham first team coach Peter Grant admits there "are a lot of bridges to be crossed" before any possible deal for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is completed.

Birmingham City: Potential transfer targets

Blues manager Alex McLeish is targeting a striker in the transfer window with his side struggling to score goals so far this season.

Alex McLeish wants reinforcements at Birmingham for relegation battle

Alex McLeish is looking to bring in a maximum of two players during January to enhance Birmingham's hopes of climbing clear of relegation trouble.

Marcus Bent allowed to leave Birmingham

Alex McLeish has paved the way for Marcus Bent to leave Birmingham in January after confirming the striker has no future at the club.

McLeish hopes break boosts Blues

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish insists his team will be raring to go against Manchester United tomorrow following their unexpected "mid-winter break".

Alexander Hleb 'embarrasssed' by Birmingham omission

Alex McLeish has revealed Birmingham midfielder Alexander Hleb was "embarrasssed" when left out of the starting line-up for the recent shock win over champions Chelsea.

Elton John, Union Chapel, London

It was just Sir Elton and his grand piano for this intimate, power-ballad-laden recital of hits, the odd rarity (including, unexpectedly, "Sixty Years On" and the exquisite rock-stomp "Take Me to the Pilot", both from 1970's Elton John) and songs from his return-to-form album, The Union.

Whitehead's goal was well worth waiting for, says delighted Pulis

Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes Dean Whitehead's winning goal against Birmingham on Tuesday night was long overdue.

Pulis pleased by Stoke players spirit

Stoke boss Tony Pulis hailed his players' resilience after they survived Birmingham's comeback last night to secure a 3-2 win and their first points in five Barclays Premier League games.

McLeish: No news on Larsson deal

Alex McLeish does not expect any developments regarding Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson's new contract until the next transfer window.

McLeish praises Birmingham veterans

Alex McLeish paid tribute to golden oldies Kevin Phillips and Maik Taylor for rescuing Birmingham from Carling Cup humiliation and securing a quarter-final spot.

McLeish asks Birmingham fans to trust him

Alex McLeish has told Birmingham fans frustrated by the stuttering start to the current campaign to trust him.

Referee was right to send off Gardner, says McLeish

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