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


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


”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


”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.”