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Birmingham seal signing of giant striker Nikola Zigic

Nikola Zigic (r) and Xavier Hernandez
Zigic towers over most opponents

Birmingham have completed the signing of giant Serbian striker Nikola Zigic from Spanish side Valencia.

The 29-year-old, who stands at 6ft 8in and is set to play in the World Cup, has joined the Midlands club on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Blues boss Alex McLeish was reportedly willing to pay Valencia £6m for the hitman, who cost Los Che £15m in 2007.

Zigic has scored 16 goals in 42 games for Serbia, who face Germany, Australia and Ghana in Group D this summer.

Birmingham have also been linked with moves for Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia and Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky.

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During his three-year stint at the Mestalla, Zigic lived in the shadow of superstar striker David Villa, although last week the Spaniard signed for champions Barcelona for £34m.

Zigic had arrived in Spain in 2006 at Racing, after netting 71 goals in 110 games for Red Star Belgrade.

He managed 12 goals in La Liga during his debut season before moving on to Valencia but, with Villa often preferred in the lone role up front, his chances were limited.

A loan spell back at Racing during the second half of the 2008/09 campaign resulted in him scoring 13 times in only 19 appearances, while last season he registered nine goals in 28 games for Valencia.

Zigic is a crucial part of the Serbian national side and has been tipped by coach Raddy Antic to shine at the World Cup in South Africa.



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