Birmingham complete capture of Jerome

May 31, 2006

Birmingham have completed the signing of Cardiff striker Cameron Jerome on a four-year deal.

The West Midlands club will pay a basic £3million for the 19-year-old England Under-21 international which could rise to £4million.

'I'm delighted to be joining a big club like this,' Jerome told the club's website. 'Hopefully I can just pick up from where I left off last season and continue to do the same here at Birmingham.'

Jerome's arrival is Birmingham's first major signing of the summer as they prepare to launch a promotion campaign following relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship.

The Yorkshireman admitted the chance to work under Steve Bruce was a major factor in his decision to join Blues.

'Steve Bruce is a very good manager as everyone knows and I admire him a lot. I have done so since I was a kid because I supported Manchester United. I spoke to him and realised this would be another step up the ladder for me at such a young age.

'Birmingham are a massive club and it's a big opportunity for me. I want to help us get back up to the Premiership because that is where this club belongs,' Jerome told the club's website.