Birmingham City sign Mansfield Town's Green and Fulham's Burn

Matt Green

Birmingham City have signed Mansfield Town striker Matt Green on a free transfer, as well as Fulham defender Dan Burn on a season-long loan.

Green, 26, who helped the Stags win promotion back to the Football League last season, has signed a two-year contract at St Andrew's.

Dan Burn
Northumberland-born Burn first signed for Fulham from Darlington in April 2011

Burn, 21, spent most of last term on loan at Yeovil, scoring the goal that won them promotion to the Championship.

The 6ft 7in centre-half has also signed a new two-year deal at his parent club.

"Fulham wanted me to go out and get Championship experience," Burn told BBC WM. "Then I'll have one year left next season, which will be make or break for me back at Fulham."

Blues signed another Premier League defender on a season-long loan deal on Monday, Swansea City's Kyle Bartley, with whom Burn looks like being paired as twin central defenders.

And he admits that, as well as keeping things shored up at the back, having scored four times from set pieces for Yeovil last season, more of the same will be expected of him with Blues.

"I scored a few headed goals," he added, "including the one that won Yeovil promotion at Wembley.

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Burn looking for Blues aerial power

"And, with Nikola Zigic here too, I would imagine that if we're not scoring goals, there'll be some questions asked."

Green, who turned down the offer of a new contract at Mansfield, finished last season as Blue Square Bet Premier top scorer, with 26 goals.

"I'm over the moon," he told BBC WM. "It's a great opportunity for me."

The Welshman has played in the Championship before, having made six substitute appearances for Cardiff City after being signed by Dave Jones the day before his 20th birthday in early 2007.

"When I was at Cardiff maybe I wasn't old enough," he said. "But this is another chance to express myself at a higher level.

"I just want to play as many games as I can. I scored a lot of goals for Mansfield last season, a lot of them winning goals. And, if I can have half that success with Birmingham I'll be very grateful."

Blues boss Lee Clark has now made nine signings this summer, having already brought in midfielders Olly Lee (Barnet), Andrew Shinnie (Inverness),Tom Adeyemi (Norwich City), Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph, defender Neal Eardley (Blackpool), and striker Lee Novak (Huddersfield Town).

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