Birmingham appear to have won the race to sign Middlesbrough utility player Stuart Parnaby on a free transfer.

The Barclays Premiership newcomers are confident the 24-year-old will put pen to paper despite competition from Aston Villa, Everton, Sunderland and West Ham.

It will be manager Steve Bruce´s second summer signing after Arsenal midfielder Fabrice Muamba moved to St Andrews on a permanent after a successful loan spell.

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