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Birmingham sign ex-Arsenal winger

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
Owusu-Abeyie played for Arsenal between 2002 and 2006

Birmingham City have captured former Arsenal forward Quincy Owusu-Abeyie from Spartak Moscow on an initial loan deal worth around 1.58m.

The 22-year-old Ghanaian international has signed a contract until January 2009 with an option to extend it to the end of the season.

Should the deal become permanent it would cost Blues a further 3.6m.

Owusu-Abeyie began his football career at Ajax in Holland and was at Arsenal from 2002 to 2006.

Having spent nine years as a youngster with the Dutch outfit, he found his chances limited under Arsene Wenger and joined Spartak before being loaned out to Spanish side Celta Vigo.

Although born in Holland, he was allowed to switch his international allegiance to Ghana last year and was a member of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

see also
Owusu-Abeyie opts for Ghana
24 Jan 07 |  African
Owusu-Abeyie signs Arsenal deal
01 Jul 05 |  Arsenal
Phillips happy with rotation plan
31 Jul 08 |  Birmingham
McLeish closing in on more deals
29 Jul 08 |  Birmingham
Bent accepts Birmingham challenge
25 Jul 08 |  Birmingham
Bent completes move to Birmingham
16 Jul 08 |  Birmingham

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