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Fulham goalkeeper Maik Taylor has joined Birmingham on a season-long loan deal. The Blues will have the option to sign the Northern Ireland for around £1.5m next summer.

The experienced goalkeeper has been an established fixture in the Fulham goal since moving to Craven Cottage from Southampton in 1997 and has made 233 appearances helping the Whites to two promotions. He has been second choice between Edwin van der Sar since the Dutch international made a shock move to west London in 2001 and Taylor has opted to move to St. Andrew’s to secure first team football.

Birmingham manager Steve Bruce confirmed the deal this afternoon.

“Yes, we’ve taken Maik on a year’s loan with a view to a permanent transfer. “We think he’s a very good signing for us. He’s an international, around 6ft 4in and has done it at the highest level. “I’m pleased we’ve managed to bring someone in of his quality as, although it was not a case of us panicking, it was getting near to the start of the season.”