Birmingham chairman David Gold is well satisfied at securing the signing of Coventry defender Scott Dann. The Premier League new boys are thought to have paid in the region of £4million, for the highly-rated 22-year-old.
"It's a very exciting signing for us, it's very important for us because we've lost a couple of our central defenders," Gold told Sky Sports News.
"Sadly, Liam Ridgewell has been injured and we probably won't see him back before close to Christmas.
"He's a very exciting player and he scores goals from defence, which is an extra. He's a record signing for our defence. We've broken the record and for us it's a substantial signing.
"He was a must-have player, we've been tracking him for a long time and we've fought off some ferocious competition from a number of serious clubs.
"It's always a great feeling when you beat off competition to win the battle, and by competition I mean clubs that will be battling with you next season.
"If you can outmanoeuvre those clubs then you've got a greater chance of survival."