Date: 18th January 2008 at 2:01pm
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Birmingham striker Garry O’Connor has hailed the signing of his Scotland international team-mate James McFadden from Everton in a £5million deal.

Despite rumours of another club making a last-minute move last night, McFadden completed his medical and signed a three-and-a-half year contract, with an option for a further two years, this morning in a deal that could eventually cost Birmingham £6million.

After the deal was completed, O’Connor said: “This is a great positive for Birmingham. I’ve worked with James in the past and he is a fantastic player. It is a great addition to the squad. He plays in any position – midfield or striker – so he is great to have him in the team.

“We played a couple of times together for Scotland and James never loses the ball and he has got that passion and commitment towards the game. He fights for every ball. He has got that attitude that if he loses the ball, he gets so frustrated and has to run back and chase people.

“He has got that little bit of quality which you have seen at international level and now probably in the Premier League. He can score fantastic goals from anywhere on the pitch.”

McFadden hit the headlines last year when his goals almost fired Scotland into Euro 2008. His strike against France at the Parc des Princes is already considered to be one of Scotland’s greatest goals.



McFadden signed before noon, so the 24-year-old can go straight into Alex McLeish’s squad to face Chelsea tomorrow, along with fellow new-signing David Murphy, who joined from Hibs yesterday in a deal that could be worth £2.5million.