St Andrews’ boss lands Villa Park centre back.
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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has confirmed that central defender Curtis Davies is to join Birmingham in a deal believed to be worth £3.5m.
The 24-year-old former England Under-21 international had looked set to rejoin Leicester for a second loan spell.
Houllier explained: “He had the option to go to Leicester or to Birmingham and he has opted for Birmingham. I think he is sold.”
The proposed move the other way by Sebastian Larsson will not now happen.
Houllier paid tribute to Curtis’ character but added that competition for places had led to him moving on.
“He is a nice lad but, as you know, we have four centre-backs in James Collins, Richard Dunne, Carlos Cuellar and Ciaran Clark,” said the Frenchman.
“He was not getting enough time to play. I understand that.” (BBC Sport)
A long term injury to Scott Dann has clearly dictated the speed of this deal being completed as Alex McLeish looks to bring in a solid performer to help solidify the Birmingham City defence. Gerard Houllier clearly has no need for Curtis Davies and having spent a shed load of money to sign Darren Bent it would appear that the Midlands side could need to balance the books a little.
The 24 year old has not started a Aston Villa since August 2009 and has spent a couple of months at Leicester City where he apparently did well but clearly a move to a Premier League side appealed to Davies who will now of course probably get a fair bit of abuse whenever he comes up against Villa.