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Curtis Davies joins Birmingham from Aston Villa

Curtis Davies
Davies has been out of the first-team reckoning for some time at Aston Villa

Birmingham City have signed Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies on a three-and-a-half-year deal believed to be worth about £3.5m.

The 25-year-old former England Under-21 international had looked set to rejoin Leicester for a second loan spell.

Villa manager Gerard Houllier said: "He had the option to go to Leicester or to Birmingham and opted for Birmingham."

The proposed move the other way for midfielder Sebastian Larsson will not now happen.

Davies is not FA Cup-tied but is ineligible for Saturday's fourth-round fixture against Coventry.

He will also be absent for next month's Carling Cup final against Arsenal after featuring for Villa in their match with Blackburn in the third round.

Houllier paid tribute to Davies's character but added that competition for places had led to him moving on.


"He is a nice lad but, as you know, we have four centre-backs in James Collins, Richard Dunne, Carlos Cuellar and Ciaran Clark," said the Frenchman.

"He was not getting enough time to play. I understand that."

Davies will emulate midfielder Craig Gardner and defender Liam Ridgewell as former Villa players plying their trade across the city.

The defender moved from West Brom to Villa in a £8m switch three years ago after an initial loan spell.

His form when in partnership with Martin Laursen was good enough for him to be named in the senior England squad for the friendly international against Germany in Berlin in November 2008.

But Davies's form dipped after Laursen was forced to hang up his boots during the summer of 2009.

He slipped down the pecking order after the arrival of Dunne and Collins 18 months ago and Cuellar and Clark have also moved ahead of him.

Blues boss Alex McLeish has been keen to sign a new centre-back since it became clear earlier this month Scott Dann would be out for the remainder of the campaign with a hamstring problem.

He has only three centre-backs now at his disposal in Roger Johnson, Martin Jiranek and Ridgewell, who has been operating primarily at left-back.

Davies will hope he can make the same impact as Ridgewell and Gardner, who were only fringe players at Villa but have become key components of the Blues side.

Gardner became a hero for City with the winner in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg triumph over West Ham in midweek.

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see also
Villa's Davies interests Potters
12 Jan 11 |  Stoke
Leicester extend Davies loan deal
10 Nov 10 |  Leicester
Magpies edge towards Larsson deal
10 Jan 11 |  Newcastle
Larsson future concerns McLeish
10 Dec 10 |  Birmingham

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