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HASTA la vista, Bouba – The Terminator is back and on his way to St Andrew’s.

The man in question is not Arnold Schwarzenegger (although he is a free agent). No, it’s the description of Papa Bouba Diop from manager Lee Clark.

The Senegal powerhouse has signed for Birmingham City on a month’s contract, subject to gaining a visa.

And the 34-year-old can do for Blues midfield what he did for Fulham’s despite his advancing years insists the boss.

“It’s the overall package,” said Clark, outlining his reasons for bringing in the 6ft 5in Diop.

“He has got great experience of English football from Fulham, Portsmouth and West Ham. He has still got great desire. I know what he’s about, I obviously played alongside him very closely at Fulham.

“He was the Terminator for me and I would just pick up the bits!

“He’s a huge presence, a competitor, a threat in the air as probably Birmingham fans will remember as I think he scored the winner here when Fulham won 2-1 at St Andrew’s in 2005. I can’t remember who was marking him on that occasion, but whoever it was he put him and the ball into the net that day.

“I know Birmingham had the lad Guirane N’Daw here last season, a similar sort of player who did a good job for the team.

“These players don’t always stand out, don’t always catch the eye, but they allow other players to then go and do their bits and pieces. And we’re looking at that and seeing where we can go with it.”

“He’s a good guy and I’m sure Bouba will give us something extra.”

Diop was released by the Hammers in the summer after a season. He was part of their squad that gained promotion via the Championship play-offs.

Prior to that he had a spell in Greece with AEK Athens.

He won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008 but it was with Fulham where he forged his reputation after a £6 million move from Lens in 2004.

Kenny Cunningham and Martin Taylor were Blues centre-halves that January day when Diop muscled his way through the bodies in the penalty area to leap and score.

Clark was particularly scathing after Blues’ defeat by Huddersfield Town about how passive Blues were in the first-half.

His comment that ‘you have got to compete, win tackles, come out with the ball. You can’t have the opposition coming out with the ball running at your back four all the time’ was telling. Hence the arrival of Diop.

The formalities to the signing will be completed next week. His visa application is being processed in Paris and his month will begin on Thursday and run to November 17. If he does well, then there is every likelihood that the deal will be extended.

He could make his debut on Saturday against Leicester City.

It’s a big game for Blues and Clark, who has been coming under fire from some fans for his side’s indifferent start to the campaign.

“I’m up for this challenge,” said a defiant Clark.

“I thought we’d turned a corner after Barnsley.

“I know what’s coming my way. But I’m prepared to challenge it head on and rectify it all because I’ve got total belief in what I do.”

by Colin Tattum

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Posted October 14, 2012 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

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