Ferguson set for Birmingham switch after Rangers accept 1m offer
Barry Ferguson, the controversial former Scotland skipper, is discussing personal terms with Birmingham City. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish, Glasgow Rangers and the player's agent have all confirmed that the Blues are on the brink of agreeing a deal for the Rangers midfielder. Rangers have confirmed that they have accepted a bid of £1m, but add-ons could eventually take the figure up to £1.25m. The paperwork was being completed tonight with a three-year deal expected to be sorted out within the next 48 hours. Ferguson's representative John Viola says the transfer fee has already been finalised. Viola will travel to Birmingham and join in talks over personal terms. Birmingham have been looking at other younger midfielders too but McLeish has long been an admirer of 31-year-old Ferguson. The ex-Rangers skipper was stripped of his club and county's captaincy after a drinking session and making offensive gestures, so he has fallen out of favour at Ibrox. It has been estimated that Ferguson's departure will reduce the club's wage bill by about £30,000 a week. He is due to complete a medical at Birmingham and could join the squad on their pre-season tour of Austria, starting on Sunday. They have been boosted by news that striker Cameron Jerome has agreed a new five-year contract to stay at St Andrew's. But McLeish is still looking to strengthen the Birmingham squad ahead of their return to the Barclays Premier League. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are considering a move to sign Birmingham striker Gary O'Connor on loan.
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