Birmingham sign Irish promise
Birmingham City have completed the signing of winger James O'Shea. The Republic of Ireland U-21 international sealed his move from Galway United to the newly-promoted Premier League club today and signed a two-year contract, which could be extended by two further years should he impress.
The 20-year-old, who has joined for an undisclosed fee, can play on the right of midfield or up front, and scored ten goals for Galway last season. "James is a quick young winger with good feet," said Birmingham manager Alex McLeish.
"We had him over to take a look at him last season, but it was at a stage where we'd already taken on players on loan and we couldn't do a deal. He came back on the radar quite recently and he's a good young prospect we hope can be a future star.
"We took a bit of a gamble with Keith Fahey coming over (from St Patrick's) last year and he's been a revelation. He was excellent in our bid to get back to the Premier League. He was one of the main catalysts.
"James is not for going into the team right now. We felt he was worth a wee shout because he didn't cost the earth, but is hopefully one we can turn into a top player."