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Last Updated: Friday, 8 July 2005, 08:47 GMT 09:47 UK
Birmingham failed to sign Bellamy
Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring during his loan spell at Celtic
Birmingham have revealed they had a 5m bid accepted for Craig Bellamy, only for the Wales international to join Blackburn instead.

Bellamy signed a four-year deal with Blackburn on Thursday - bringing to an end his turbulent Newcastle career.

But Blues revealed in a statement that they also had a 5m offer accepted.

It means St Andrews boss Steve Bruce has failed twice to land the 25-year-old, having tried to sign him during the January transfer window.

"Birmingham City can confirm they had an offer of 5m accepted by Newcastle for striker Craig Bellamy," said the Birmingham statement.

Bellamy's decision to join his former Wales manager, Mark Hughes, at Ewood Park comes as another blow to Birmingham, who have a frosty relationship with Blackburn.

Relations between the clubs have been strained since Blues assistant manager Mark Bowen moved to Ewood Park and deteriorated further following the protracted transfer of Robbie Savage to Blackburn.

Bellamy spent the second half of last season on loan at Celtic after falling out with Newcastle manager Graeme Souness.

But Rovers boss Hughes said he is not worried by Bellamy's reputation.

"I am not bothered about Craig's reputation," claimed Hughes. "It is not about what has gone on before, it is what happens in the future.

"I am not privy to those past details anyway. All I know is that Craig is a fantastic player.

"He strives to be the best he can be and he has a platform at Blackburn now to show what he is all about."


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