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Last Updated: Friday, 8 August, 2003, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Blues finally land Taylor
Fulham goalkeeper Maik Taylor
Birmingham have completed the signing of Fulham goalkeeper Maik Taylor on a one-year loan deal.

Taylor has moved to St Andrews with a view to a 1.5m permanent deal next summer.

The 31-year-old is expected to have his first taste of action for Blues in Saturday's home friendly with Real Mallorca.

The deal was effectively been completed last week but Birmingham had to wait until Fulham released his registration.

"He is somebody we have tracked for a long time and we are delighted to get him. He proved again towards the back end of last season that he is a very accomplished Premier League goalkeeper," said Bruce.

"He is also an international 'keeper and I am pleased we have managed to bring someone in of his quality."

Taylor, who cost Fulham 800,000 from Southampton five-and-a-half years ago, will now be challenging Ian Bennett for the number one jersey.

Nico Vaesen, who had been number one at Blues for most of last season, is not expected to be ready for a return to any sort of action until October after suffering knee ligament damage against Aston Villa in March.

Bruce, who has also signed David Dunn, Luciano Figueroa and Christophe Dugarry (on a permanent deal) in the close season, said he did not anticipate any further acquisitions this summer.

"I think the three additions plus the permanent signing of Christophe means we have done very well.

"Unless something unforeseen happened in the next couple of days, I would say that is the end of the signings for the summer."



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