Jeremie Bela: Birmingham City sign French striker after exit from Spanish side Albacete
Birmingham City have signed French striker Jeremie Bela on a three-year deal following a contract row with his previous club, Spanish side Albacete.
The 26-year-old still needs international clearance but as a free agent would be available to play straight away, having already spent some time training with Blues.
He had been in dispute with Albacete, who wanted him to sign a new deal.
But Albacete have now agreed to void his contract extension for this season.
Bela, who has been a long-time target for Blues, becomes the ninth signing made by Blues boss Pep Clotet since he was appointed caretaker head-coach on 20 June.
He follows the summer signings of Croatian midfielder Ivan Sunjic, on-loan defender Jake Clarke-Salter, goalkeeper Moha Ramos, former England Under-19 midfielder Dan Crowley and Spanish striker Alvaro Gimenez.
Blues are 12th in the Championship, three points off of a play-off place - and 10 points clear of trouble.
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