French striker Christophe Dugarry has signed a two-year contract with Birmingham City FC.
The 31-year-old former international, who joined the Premiership club on loan in January, has agreed a permanent switch from Ligue 1 side FC Girondins de Bordeaux. The FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship-winner has been a revelation in England, scoring five goals to help Birmingham retain their top-flight place.
"Christophe has come over here and done extremely well for us," said Birmingham manager Steve Bruce. "He's not really been appreciated in his own country, which is a bit like [Eric] Cantona, but in England they like seeing the physical side combined with the flair. I had no doubt about his ability and he's shown an unbelievable hunger and desire to lead from the front for us."
Dugarry, who won 55 caps and scored eight goals for Les Bleus before retiring after the 2002 World Cup, started his career in 1988 with Bordeaux. He then played for AC Milan in 1996/97, before spending a season in Spain with FC Barcelona. He returned to France to join Olympique de Marseille in 1998 before returning to Bordeaux in 1999.
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