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Arsenal defenders join Birmingham on loan

Jenkinson has joined Birmingham. Credit: PA

Birmingham have completed the double loan signing of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.

The duo move to St Andrews for the 2017/18 season, although there is no option to buy for the Sky Bet Championship club.

Blues boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of the fact he wants to add numbers to his squad before the transfer deadline.

Former England international Jenkinson, 25, has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal and played just five games for the Gunners last season.

He spent two seasons on loan at West Ham between 2014 and 2016 before a serious knee injury saw him return to the Emirates Stadium, where he found himself well down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger's ranks.

Bramall has yet to feature for Arsenal's first-team in a competitive match but was part of their pre-season tour squad.

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Redknapp took Birmingham City job out of boredom

Redknapp has three games to help Birmingham preserve their Championship status. Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp has revealed he agreed to become Birmingham's new manager after getting "fed up" with his time out of football.

The 70-year-old has been confirmed as Gianfranco Zola's successor, and will be assisted by former Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill as he bids to preserve their Championship status.

I got fed up sitting around doing nothing. I will come and live up here until the end of the season.

If I can keep them up then we can sit down and talk about going forward.

I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham.

I drove to London, had a meeting for 10 to 15 minutes, sat down and said 'Yeah, I will do it, no problem'. I got home and my wife said: 'Are you mad?'

Birmingham is a proper club. It is a good club. They are in a precarious position and we have got the worst goal difference as well.

I've gone in there, said I will come and do it. The money I am not interested in.

– Redknapp to talkSPORT
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