Bruce coughs up Birmingham cash to seal Wigan switch

Steve Bruce has coughed up £100,000 to Birmingham City to gain his release and take charge of Wigan Athletic.

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The Sun says Birmingham had originally told Bruce he would not be released unless he handed back £225,000 paid to him in advance for image rights.

Birmingham are set to receive £3million in compensation while Bruce's four-year deal is worth £8m.

He was due to sign his contract in front of the TV cameras on Wednesday but his seat - and that of chairman Dave Whelan - remained empty because of the last-minute hitch.

He is now likely to be unveiled on Monday and will take his first training session later that day.

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