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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 March 2007, 15:47 GMT
Birmingham sign Cole in loan deal
Andy Cole
Cole has scored four goals for Portsmouth this season
Birmingham City have signed veteran Portsmouth striker Andy Cole on loan until the end of the season.

Cole, 35, has made only five starts for Pompey since joining from Manchester City for 500,000 in August 2006.

Blues boss Steve Bruce, a former team-mate of Cole at Manchester United, feels he will boost his side's hopes of promotion to the Premiership.

"Andy can help us get across the finishing line in what is a very tight promotion battle," Bruce said.

"I played with him at United - although it was a long time ago - and he is a top, top professional who looks after himself. That's why he is still a Premiership player.

606: DEBATE

"We have very young players at the top end of the pitch, people like Cameron Jerome, DJ Campbell and Nicklas Bendtner although they all have great potential.

"I just feel we need that extra bit of experience and quality up front."

Bruce and Cole were team-mates at Old Trafford from January 1995 until May 1996.

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