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Birmingham City sign very own George Best

Birmingham City have signed George Best. Of course, the original George Best died nine years ago, but they have signed David Cotterill, who has the legend's full name as two of his middle names.

ITV News Central correspondent Steve Clamp asked the midfielder about his name as Birmingham's players returned to training this morning.

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Birmingham City fixtures list revealed

Blues face Wolves in the Championship derby first leg on 1st November Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham City will begin the 2014-15 season in the Championship with a trip to Middlesbrough.

The Molineux derby against Wolves is on November 1st, with the St Andrew's return on April 11st.

On Boxing Day, Blues host Derby County followed by Nottingham Forest two days later.

See the fixtures list here.

Birmingham City sign Spurs defender on season loan

Hall in action for Swindon Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Birmingham City have made Tottenham Hotspur defender, Grant Hall, their second signing of the summer.

The 22-year-old has joined on a season-long loan, with no recall option. His signature follows the recruitment of Jonathan Grounds on Monday.

Hall spent last season on loan at Swindon Town, but after consistent appearances in the first half of the season, a hamstring injury scuppered the second half.

Manager, Lee Clark, told the club website that Hall would not be the last defender to arrive at St Andrews this summer:

We're delighted to have Grant on board and it's no coincidence that my first two signings have been defenders because that was an area we needed to address. We simply didn't keep enough clean sheets last season and, as we look to continue to improve that area, there will be more defenders to come.

Read: Birmingham City sign Jonathan Grounds

Birmingham City make first summer signing

Grounds in action for Oldham Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Birmingham City have made their first signing of the summer, as former Oldham Athletic and Middlesbrough defender, Jonathan Grounds has joined the club.

The 26-year-old has signed a two-year deal at the club after two years at Oldham, where he made 106 appearances and scores three goals.

Read: Former Swindon chairman in talks to buy part of Birmingham City

Former Swindon chairman in 'advanced talks' to buy stake in Birmingham City

24% of Birmingham City is up for sale Credit: ITV News Central

It has been revealed that former Swindon Town chairman, Jeremy Wray, is part of a group of British businessman trying to buy a stake in Birmingham City.

Mr Wray is part of a consortium called Soccer Management Worldwide Limited. The company has confirmed it is in exclusive 'advanced talks' to buy a quarter of Birmingham City from its current owners, who are based in Hong Kong.

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Blues in 'advanced' takeover talks

Birmingham have confirmed that they are in 'advanced discussions' with a British consortium over the sale of the club.

Birmingham International Holdings Limited (BIHL), the holding company of the football club, made an announcement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) over the course of the weekend.

The acting chairman of the Championship club, Peter Pannu, issued a statement revealing that a UK bidder, with a very strong North American investment fund, was in talks with BIHL.

Mr Pannu stated there had been an indicative, non-binding offer from a third party, in relation to a possible acquisition of a minority interest in Birmingham City PLC.

Via a statement on the club's official website, Mr Pannu said: "I can confirm that BIHL remains in advanced talks with a British consortium with a very strong North American investment fund.

"However, specific details cannot be disclosed at this moment in time due to non-disclosure agreements and HKSE regulations. There are many technical issues still to be resolved and legal representatives from both parties remain in advanced discussions to pave the way forward."

Rumours of sale agreed as Blues suspend trading

The company which owns Birmingham City has suspended stock trading this morning - sparking speculation that a deal to buy the club has been agreed.

Birmingham International Holidings told the stock exchange to halt trading shortly before 2am, ahead of what it said would be a "price sensitive" announcement.

Birmingham International Holidings told the stock exchange to halt trading shortly before 2am
Birmingham International Holidings told the stock exchange to halt trading shortly before 2am Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Reports suggest the move could mean that news of a potential takeover - including the identity of the bidder - could be released.

The company has been analysing five offers on the club for the past two weeks.

Football mad family turn home into shrine for Birmingham City

A football mad family have transformed their home into a shrine to Birmingham City Football Club.

Blue and white wheelbarrows emblazoned with the club’s name fill the front garden of the Thomas family’s Small Heath home – with a sign taken from St Andrew’s taking pride of place at the top of the house.

The Thomas family have turned their home into a shrine Credit: BPM

Even the hanging baskets are made from astro turf.

Inside, the Blues theme continues.

"We try not to talk to our two sisters, Tracey and Andrea, because they both support Villa,” Gareth Thomas says.

“The Blues are a life-long love for all of us, so we can’t understand it.

“I remember going to my first match when I was nine. My mates picked me up and threw me over the fence and I fell into the men’s outside toilets.

“Unfortunately the police dogs were there before they could get over.”

All the family support Birmingham City - except sisters Tracey and Andrea Credit: BPM
Even the hanging baskets have astro-turf in them Credit: BPM

The family started transforming their semi-detached home five years ago.

Their most prized possession – the sign from St Andrew’s – cost just £2 from a car boot sale.

The boys also have hundreds of programmes between them dating back to 1968.

The family are life-long Birmingham City supporters Credit: BPM
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