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Thursday, 15 August, 2002, 00:14 GMT 01:14 UK
Kirovski cleared for Blues
Crystal Palace midfielder Jovan Kirovski
Kirovski: Worked with Bruce at Crystal Palace
USA striker Jovan Kirovski is clear to join Birmingham after winning his battle to obtain a work permit.

Kirovski had his initial application for a permit rejected last Friday by the Home Office.

But Blues learned on Wednesday that the 26-year-old had won his appeal and they can now go ahead with plans to complete the signing of the former Crystal Palace player.

Kirovski, who has moved from Selhurst Park on a free transfer, could now come into contention for a place in the Birmingham squad for Sunday's Premiership opener against champions Arsenal at Highbury.

He will become Steve Bruce's fifth summer signing after Robbie Savage, Aliou Cisse, Kenny Cunningham and Clinton Morrison.


I knew him when he was a kid at Manchester United and he's won a European Cup with Borussia Dortmund
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce

The sticking point with the permit was over whether Kirovski had played in 75% of internationals for his country in the last two years and that led to the initial application being turned down.

But City have managed to convince the Home Office that the player should get the permit which he had previously been granted when he joined Crystal Palace from Sporting Lisbon.

The fact he is available for Sunday is a bonus as Blues had anticipated that an appeal would have taken at least a week after lodging it with the Home Office on Monday.

Kirovski has won 53 caps and scored seven goals for the USA and had spells with Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon before moving to Selhurst Park.

Bruce said: "Jovan has got good pedigree. He has got Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon under his belt.

"I know all about him. I knew him when he was a kid at Manchester United and he's won a European Cup with Borussia Dortmund."


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