Blues agree Jurietti deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
BIRMINGHAM CITY have agreed a deal to sign Monaco defender Franck Jurietti after the Frenchman impressed on trial at St Andrews.
Jurietti spent several days training with Blues earlier in the spring on the recommendation of his compatriot Christophe Dugarry.
The 28-year-old was confident he had impressed Blues boss Steve Bruce sufficiently to earn a contract and his faith has been rewarded.
The Premiership outfit have concurred on a deal with Monaco to take Jurietti to the Midlands on loan for next season, with a three-year contract in the pipeline next summer.
Jurietti is under contract to Monaco until 2005 and it is unclear how the Principality club will be compensated for the transaction.
All the details for the transfer have been agreed and merely the signatures of all parties are required for the deal to be completed in the next few weeks.
The full back joined Monaco from Bastia in 2000 and underwent a trial at Blues' Premiership rivals Everton back in January.
Jurietti claimed financial constraints prevented him clinching a move to Goodison Park but he has now secured a coveted switch across The Channel.
He will arrive at St Andrews with something of a fiery reputation after he was stunned with an eight-match ban in February for threatening a referee in his homeland.
Upon his entrance at the club, Jurietti will be keen to have the same impact as Dugarry, who was the driving force behind Blues preserving their Premiership status.