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Birmingham confident keeping Middlesbrough, Portsmouth target McFadden

Birmingham City No2 Andy Watson is confident of hanging onto striker James McFadden.

Top-flight clubs including Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth are reportedly interested in McFadden, while Celtic have also been linked with him.

"The one thing I feel about James is that he's a man of his word," Watson told the Birmingham Mail. "He doesn't mess about. If he wanted to go, I'm sure he would come and say 'look, I would like to move'.

"I think he would be up front with us and I'm sure if he was unhappy about anything here, he would be first to let us know, in the correct manner.

"I'm certain there wouldn't be any of these things like working for a move, it would be bold, straightforward and up-front. That's the kind of man he is, and I respect him for that.

"So to answer the question whether or not he is leaving, he has intimated he would like to be here, he is enjoying it here, and he would like to help get us out of the Championship.

"James is playing every week here and that's what he wants, regular football."

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