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Birmingham sign defender Vignal

Gregory Vignal
Vignal has already featured in Birmingham's pre-season games

Birmingham have announced the signing of former Liverpool and Rangers defender Gregory Vignal on a one-year contract, subject to a medical.

The 28-year-old left-back played under Blues boss Alex McLeish at Rangers and has impressed during his time on trial.

"He's a good athlete, mobile, strong and aggressive," McLeish told Birmingham's official website.

"At Rangers when we won the league it was a very successful campaign for him, so I know what he can bring us."

Vignal, who joins from Lens, will fill the gap left by David Murphy, who is recovering from a broken knee cap.


He first came to England when he joined Liverpool as a 19-year-old and spent five years at Anfield, going out on loan to clubs in France and Spain as well as Rangers, where he first crossed paths with McLeish.

Since then he has had a spell at Portsmouth and was also a loan at Southampton.

"I've kept in touch with him and his family and I know he's been bursting over the last couple of years to get back to the top league," said McLeish.

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see also
Southampton give trial to Vignal
10 Jul 07 |  Southampton
Fed-up Vignal eyes French return
05 Apr 06 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth clinch deal for Vignal
12 Jul 05 |  Portsmouth
Vignal looks set to leave Rangers
14 May 05 |  Scottish Premier
Vignal wants his future settled
10 Jan 05 |  Liverpool
Vignal makes Rangers switch
05 Aug 04 |  Liverpool

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