McLeish signs striker on loan

Premier League strugglers Birmingham City have signed Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins on loan.

Martins, 26, joins the St. Andrew’s outfit for the rest of the season and City manager Alex McLeish will hope the former Inter and Newcastle striker can provide the goals to steer his side away from the bottom three.

Martins wanted to return to England to spend more time with his family after joining from Russian side Rubin Kazan.

“His child was born and he asked to let him go to England because Obafemi wants to be closer to his family,” Rubin Kazan head coach Kurban Berdiyev said on the club’s official website.

Martins has only scored twice for Rubin in 12 appearances since joining but netted 28 goals in 88 Premier League appearances for Newcastle United during a three-season stint at St. James’ Park.

The move may end Birmingham’s hunt for a striker, with the club keen on signing Tottenham’s Robbie Keane previously in the January transfer window.