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USA striker Edson Buddle training with Birmingham City

Edson Buddle
Buddle scored two in three play-off games for LA Galaxy this year

Los Angeles Galaxy and USA striker Edson Buddle is on trial at Premier League club Birmingham City.

Blues have scored just 17 goals in 17 league games and manager Alex McLeish has made a new striker his top priority during the January transfer window.

"He's been training with us this week and he's done ok, but we're not at a stage yet where we're going to make any commitment," McLeish told BBC WM.

Buddle appeared twice as a substitute at the World Cup in South Africa.

The 29-year-old came off the bench in the 1-1 draw against England and the 1-0 victory over Algeria, both of which came in the group stages.


He plays his club football alongside former England captain David Beckham and scored 19 goals in 28 matches last season, in which the Galaxy reached the Western Conference final in the MLS before losing to FC Dallas.

Birmingham have allowed striker Garry O'Connor to leave St Andrew's to join Championship club Barnsley, where he has been on loan for most of the campaign.

Nikola Zigic and Cameron Jerome have been McLeish's preferred strike pairing, although the club's top scorer this season is Craig Gardner, who has netted five times from the centre of midfield.

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see also
Wolves 1-0 Birmingham
12 Dec 10 |  Premier League
O'Connor agrees Barnsley switch
11 Dec 10 |  Barnsley
Larsson future concerns McLeish
10 Dec 10 |  Birmingham
Beasley makes US World Cup squad
26 May 10 |  World Cup 2010

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