Birmingham braced for double signing

Birmingham City FC are set to complete the transfers of Jamie Clapham and Stephen Clemence for €3.3m.

Birmingham City FC have agreed personal terms with Ipswich Town FC defender Jamie Clapham and Tottenham Hotspur FC midfield player Stephen Clemence and will complete the transfers subject to medicals.

UEFA Cup appearances
The Premiership club revealed that left wing-back Clapham will sign for €2m after starting every game this season for first division Ipswich, including four in the UEFA Cup. The 27-year-old will sign a four-year contract.

Famous father
Clemence, the 24-year-old son of former Liverpool FC, Spurs and England goalkeeper Ray, will sign until 2007 once his €1.3m move is finalised. Birmingham manager Steve Bruce, who is struggling with an injury crisis, is optimistic both players will be available for the visit of Arsenal FC on Sunday.

Dugarry signed
Bruce also said he is hopeful of signing another defender, from a Premiership side, later this week. The club signed former France striker Christophe Dugarry for the rest of the season last week in addition to Ferdinand Coly who arrived on loan from RC Lens. Birmingham are 15th in the league in their first season in the top flight since 1986.