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Dugarry played a big part in Birmingham's survival (©GettyImages)
Dugarry played a big part in Birmingham's survival (©GettyImages).

Christophe Dugarry - Birmingham

With Birmingham struggling in their first Premier League season and relegation looking like a distinct possibility for the Blues, manager Steve Bruce scoured the loan market and managed to tempt France international Christophe Dugarry to the club, from Bordeaux.

The 1998 World Cup winner made an instant impact at St Andrews and scored five goals in the Premier League run-in, helping the club retain their top-flight status and earn himself a permanent move the next summer.

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