Phillips swaps Baggies for Blues

Former England striker Kevin Phillips joined Birmingham City on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion today. Although the 34-year-old would have had the chance to play in the Premier League with the Baggies, he swapped the club for the Blues, who were relegated from the English top flight last season.

The former Watford, Sunderland, Southampton and Aston Villa player decided to quit the Hawthorns because Birmingham were offering a two-year contract, while West Brom were only prepared to give him one year. Phillips was named Albion's player of the year last season, after his 24 goals in 38 appearances helped Tony Mowbray's side win the Championship.

Phillips enjoyed the most prolific spell of his career on Wearside, where his 30 goals for Sunderland during the 1999/2000 season earned him the European Golden Shoe. He remains the only Englishman to have won the award.