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Phillips hails Birmingham summer market work

Birmingham City veteran Kevin Phillips has hailed manager Alex McLeish's summer market work.

Phillips is excited by the prospect of playing with Alex Hleb.

He said: "On deadline day when I woke up on the morning and was driving into training, a friend rang me and said 'great signing, Hleb'. I was like 'sorry?'. I thought he was winding me up!

"And when I got in and realised we were signing Aleksandr Hleb - fantastic.

"He's a world class player, he's at a world class club. For the manager to get him here at Birmingham is massive for us.

"The two other signings, one did exceptionally well in the World Cup, Beausejour.

"Jiranek is an established player, captain of Spartak Moscow and of his country.

"For me they are three fantastic signings."

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