Sport Alvaro Negredo reacts after missing a chance to score during Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers

A look ahead to the midweek FA Cup replay at the Etihad.

Birmingham close in on £3m Michel

Birmingham are closing in on the signing of Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel in a £3 million deal, Press Association Sport understands.

McLeish looks to build after 'dream start' to the season

Years of uncertainty have given way to optimism as Birmingham hope to go sixth

Responsibility brings best out of Bowyer

Birmingham City 1 Fulham 0

Bowyer chips in with touch of class to pip Fulham

Birmingham City 1 Fulham 0

Song and Arshavin strike right note to banish Blues

Arsenal 3 Birmingham City 1

Bikey ensures continuation of home rule

Burnley 2 Birmingham City 1

Milner slams Croatia 'targeting' conspiracy

James Milner has slammed suggestions Croatian players have been deliberately targeted for rough-house treatment in the Barclays Premier League.

Brown and Barry pick up knocks on England duty

Gareth Barry and Wes Brown are concerns for England after picking up minor injuries in training yesterday. The two players did not play a full part in the practice session at London Colney yesterday but they should both be fit to play against Slovenia in the international friendly on Saturday.

Croatia injury conspiracy 'a nonsense' says Gold

Birmingham chairman David Gold has dismissed a suggestion that Croatia playmaker Luka Modric may have been deliberately injured by Lee Bowyer as "absolutely ridiculous".

Redknapp pays tribute to 'Plan B' Crouch

Tottenham 2 Birmingham City 1

Transfer talk (Thursday, 9 July)

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Birmingham sign Bowyer

Birmingham have completed the signing of former West Ham midfielder Lee Bowyer on a two-year contract.

Birmingham sign Benitez in club record transfer

Birmingham City have formally completed the signing of Ecuador striker Christian Benitez in a move from Mexican side Santos Laguna which could cost up to £7.7m.

Neill quits West Ham with Manchester City in pursuit

Manchester City are among the clubs rumoured to be chasing Lucas Neill's signature after the Australia defender opted to leave West Ham.

Birmingham set for final day thriller

McLeish demands show of character to secure automatic promotion
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