TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Former Newcastle star Obafemi Martins joins Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM have completed the signing of Nigerian international Obafemi Martins on a six-month loan deal from Rubin Kazan following a successful work permit application.

The 26-year-old will be the Blues third signing in a busy transfer window for the Midlands club, joining defender Curtis Davies and midfielder David Bentley at St Andrews.

Birmingham’s acting chairman Peter Pannu said: “We are thrilled to have secured the three players in this window, which represents a comprehensive strengthening and support for our back four in Curtis (Davies), rejuvenation of the midfield in (David) Bentley and further strengthening of the attack line in Martins.”