Birmingham signs Hleb, Jiranek, Beausejour

Birmingham made three signings on Tuesday’s final day of the
transfer window, bringing in Alexander Hleb from Barcelona, Martin
Jiranek from Spartak Moscow and Jean Beausejour from Club
America.

Hleb, who has previously played in the Premier League with
Arsenal, joined on a season-long loan deal from Spanish champion
Barcelona. The Belarus midfielder spent last season on loan at
Stuttgart.

”Hleb is a top quality player – one who at one stage we’d only
actually dreamed about, really,” Birmingham manager Alex McLeish
said. ”Over the past year or so, we have talked about him but with
no real belief we could get him. We decided to give it a try and
towards the end of the window we found out it might be
possible.

”He is an extremely creative type who is skillful, a great
dribbler and has an excellent touch and great feet.”

Jiranek signed for an undisclosed fee on a one-year deal. He
will compete for a starting place with first-choice center backs
Roger Johnson and Scott Dann.

The 26-year-old Beausejour joined on a three-year deal.

”Beausejour is an excellent, left-sided midfielder who had a
tremendous World Cup with Chile,” McLeish said. ”He is strong and
quick with the ability to beat his man and get crosses in.”