Birmingham City have agreed to sign Blackpool defender Neal Eardley when his contract expires on 1st July.

The right-back makes the move to the Midlands after four years with the Tangerines, making 119 appearances during his time there.

Eardley had been in talks with Blackpool over a contract extension, but has since decided to make the move to Birmingham after talks with Lee Clark. 

Birmingham have been looking to sign a full-back after defenders both Steven Carr and Paul Caddis left St Andrews in the past weeks. Carr has retired from all forms of the game following a season-long injury.

Meanwhile, Scotland U21 international Caddis has returned to parent club Swindon Town after a season-long loan with Birmingham. Clark had initially tried to sign Caddis on a permanent deal after the defender had impressed all season, but financial difficulties meant that it was ruled out. 

But the signing of Eardley looks to have filled the right-back berth. The Welsh international has a host of Premier League experience, after playing a key role for Holloway's team in the 2010-2011 season in which they made a surprise appearance in the top flight. 

Eardley joins Lee Novak, Andrew Shinnie, Darren Randolph and Olly Lee in agreeing to move to Birmingham City for the 2013-2104 season. 


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