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Birmingham snap up Bowyer on loan

Lee Bowyer
Bowyer will look to aid Birmingham's promotion push this campaign

Birmingham City have signed midfielder Lee Bowyer from West Ham United on loan until the summer.

The 32-year-old has fallen out of favour at West Ham and with the Londoners keen to trim their wage bill, he will go straight into City's squad.

"Lee's a dynamic player and I want to bring a dynamic look back to the team," said McLeish. "My assistant Roy Aitken knows him well - he'll give us a lot."

Bowyer will become the Blues's fifth signing of the January transfer window.

Keith Fahey, Robin Shroot, Scott Sinclair and Hameur Bouazza have already arrived at St Andrew's this month.

West Ham have already sold midfielder Matthew Etherington, while Calum Davenport, Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy are all attracting interest from rival Premier League clubs.


It is the second time that Birmingham have tried to sign Bowyer, with a fans' petition protesting against the midfielder's arrival helping to scupper a possible move back in 2005.

Birmingham will be the sixth club of Bowyer's career, with the midfielder in line to go straight into the squad to face Blackpool on Saturday.

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