Football League transfer talk: Including three Birmingham City deals

Birmingham Carling Cup

Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Watford and QPR all feature.

Stephen Dobbie has completed a move to Premier League side Crystal Palace from Brighton. Dobbie signs a two-year deal with the club and has joined for an undisclosed fee. Dobbie has revealed his delight at the permanent move, which was originally planned as a loan deal.

Watford have signed Lewis McGugan on a three-year deal after he left Nottingham Forest. McGugan agreed the deal as he became a free agent at the end of last month after Forest decided they weren’t going to offer him a new deal to stay with them ahead of the new season.

Birmingham City have signed Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley on a season long loan deal. The 22-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the Liberty Stadium following his move from Arsenal and is thought to be keen on using the move to develop his first team experience.

Everton are closing on a double swoop of Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz from Wigan Athletic. Kone is set to complete his move this week for a fee expected to be in the region of £5 million while Alcaraz is available on a free transfer, which suits Everton’s budget.

Birmingham City are reportedly chasing former Celtic winger Paddy McCourt. He’s available on a free transfer after his deal with the Scottish champions expired at the end of last season. However, several clubs in Europe and across the MLS are thought to be interested in him.

Birmingham City are set to win the race for Mansfield striker Matt Green. Green scored 27 goals in the Conference Premier last season, which caused several established football league clubs to take a serious look at him. He’s set to undergo a medical at the club today.

Former England manager Steve McClaren has signed a three-month deal to coach at Queens Park Rangers. McClaren was drafted in by current boss Harry Redknapp as the London based club look to get back into the Premier League at the first time of trying.

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