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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 10:28 GMT 11:28 UK
Birmingham sign Izzet
Muzzy Izzet
Birmingham have completed the signing of midfielder Muzzy Izzet from Leicester on a free transfer.

The Turkey international, 29, has agreed a three-year deal from 1 July after moving under the Bosman ruling.

London-born Izzet started his career with Chelsea, before joining Leicester in 1996 for 800,000, where he made 342 appearances and scored 47 goals.

"He's a top-class player and with backing from our board we were able to get him," said Blues boss Steve Bruce.

Izzet becomes the Blues' second new recruit following the 6.25m capture of Emile Heskey from Liverpool.

The transfer reunites Izzet with his former Leicester colleague Robbie Savage, who made the move to Birmingham in May 2002.

"We're absolutely delighted that Muzzy Izzet has chosen to make the move to Birmingham," Bruce told the club's official website.

"I understand that a number of other Premiership teams were keen to get him on board, so it is testament to the way this club is progressing and the ambition we have shown that he has signed a three-year deal.

Meanwhile, Trinidad & Tobago striker Stern John has signed a new one-year contract.

John had the option of leaving Birmingham on a free transfer but has put pen to paper on a new contract.

The 27-year-old had attracted interest from West Brom and even expressed an interest in a move to Scotland but ultimately decided to remain at St Andrews where he will compete with Mikael Forssell, recent signing Emile Heskey and Clinton Morrison for a starting place.




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