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Garry O´Connor set for Birmingham move

23 June 2007 11:10

LONDON (AFP) - Newly promoted Birmingham City have signed Scotland striker Garry O'Connor to play in the English Premiership next season, his current club Lokomotiv Moscow announced on their website.

O'Connor will join the Midlands side for 2.65 million pounds (4 million euros) subject to a medical, Lokomotiv said.

Birmingham manager Steve Bruce had been scouting for new strikers to bolster his side's chances of staying up next season following the return of loan forward Nicklas Bendtner to Arsenal

He was unsuccessful with a bid for West Ham's Marlon Harewood earlier in the week but have been more fortunate in their attempts to sign the former Hibs striker O'Connor.

Fulham, Everton and Portsmouth were also linked with the player who scored 58 goals in 164 appearances for the Edinburgh club.

The 24-year-old O'Connor has been in good form recently, scoring the only goal in Scotland's friendly victory over Austria and finding the target in the 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands in a Euro 2008 qualifier.

That followed a period of exile, which began when he axed by former boss Walter Smith for failing to rejoin the squad after the party were given a night off ahead of a European Championship qualifier against Ukraine.

He had struggled to settle in Moscow but signed off from Lokomotiv with the winning goal in the Russian Cup final last month.

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