Howard joins Birmingham City

Brian Howard has signed a short-term deal with Birmingham City until the end of the season.

Howard, who counts the likes of Swindon, Barnsley, Sheffield United, Reading and Portsmouth among his former clubs, was a free agent having recently parted ways with CSKA Sofia.

The 30-year-old joined the Bulgarian side in the summer following his release by Bristol City and made 11 league appearances during his six-month stay in Eastern Europe.

His arrival at St Andrew's comes on the same day as City midfielder Darren Ambrose completed his loan move to Greek Super League side Apollon Smyrni until the end of the season.