Blues chase second Ecuador signing

BIRMINGHAM are targeting Ecuador star Giovanny Espinoza after sealing the club record �6.4million signing of compatriot Christian Benitez. (Mirror)Ecuador hitman Benitez, 23, has signed for promoted City on a three-year contract in a deal which could rise to �9million.

BIRMINGHAM are targeting Ecuador star Giovanny Espinoza after sealing the club record �6.4million signing of compatriot Christian Benitez. (Mirror)

Ecuador hitman Benitez, 23, has signed for promoted City on a three-year contract in a deal which could rise to �9million.

And boss Alex McLeish is also trying to sign centre-back Espinoza, 32, from Barcelona Sporting Club in his homeland.

McLeish is due to watch the defender for Ecuador against Argentina in a World Cup 2010 qualifier next Wednesday.


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And he may arrive at St Andrews alongside Benitez, who has scored 31 goals in his past 58 Primera Division games for Mexican club Santos Laguna.

Agent Barry McIntosh said: “Benitez is a player Alex McLeish has been after for the past two years despite interest from other clubs.”

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