Birmingham City have signed defender Curtis Davies from arch rivals Aston Villa.
Davies, 25, joins the St. Andrew’s outfit on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be just under two million pounds.
The former England Under-21 international will help City manager Alex McLeish as he aims to steer Birmingham clear of the relegation zone.
Davies has been bought to provide cover the loss of Scott Dann after the defender’s recent season-ending injury.
Davies has been at Villa since August 2007 when he joined on a season-long loan deal from West Bromwich Albion, who he skippered and became their second-ever youngest captain.
He made 49 Premier League appearances for Villa, scoring three goals but has not featured once for Gerard Houllier’s side in the Premier League this season.
He recently had a three-month loan spell under Sven Goran Eriksson’s Leicester City, where he made 12 appearances for the Championship side.
Davies will have to wait before making his City debut as he will not feature on Saturday when Birmingham host Coventry in the FA Cup fourth round.
The defender is also ineligible for the Carling Cup final, which City qualified for after a 4-3 aggregate victory over West Ham on Wednesday, because he represented Villa earlier in this season’s competition.