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Birmingham City agree to sign defender

Giovanny Espinoza

BLUES are now just waiting on a work permit for Giovanny Espinoza before completing a deal for the Ecuador international defender.

The 32-year-old’s agent, Jorge Guerrero, has confirmed to the Birmingham Mail that an agreement has been reached between Blues and Espinoza’s team, Barcelona Sporting Club, in Ecuador.

The centre-back is set to arrive on a two-year deal for a fee much lower than the $600,000 (almost £375,000) sum that has been touted in reports in South America, not even half that amount according to Guerrero.

Both parties are now just waiting for the final paperwork to come through. A slight delay has been created by the fact the visa Espinoza requires can only be obtained from relevant embassies in either New York or Madrid.

Either way, the deal will not be completed before Ecuador’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina tomorrow night.