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Fulham have signed United States striker Brian McBride on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Blackburn had agreed a deal with Columbus Crew to sign McBride before Fulham’s 11th-hour intervention.

The deal is subject to the striker completing a medical and being granted a work permit.

Fulham manager Chris Coleman said: “Brian is a great talent who can combine assisting attacking play as well as getting his fair share of goals.”

McBride was on loan at Everton last season and has also played for Preston.

The 31-year-old, who has played at two World Cups, arrives as Fulham’s French striker Louis Saha prepares to join Manchester United.

McBride, who scored two goals at the last World Cup as the US reached the quarter-finals, won his first cap in 1993 against Honduras.

Coleman added: “He has superb aerial ability and has already proved that he can perform each week at the highest level.

“His experience of the Premiership will also prove a valuable asset to us in the coming months.”