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Birmingham City are to sign goalkeeper Maik Taylor on a permanent basis, paying Fulham a fee of £1.4 million for the shot-stopper.

The 32-year-old has been in sparkling form for Blues since his temporary move to St Andrews from Fulham, and Steve Bruce has been desperate to keep hold of him.

The club have been trying to negotiate with Fulham and it looks as though a deal is now in the offing, with Birmingham shelling out £1.4 million for Taylor's services.

Taylor has been one of the most consistent keepers in The Premiership this term and Bruce is delighted to be keeping hold of him.

"He's a tremendous goalkeeper and we have been delighted with his efforts over the last few months," he added.

"I am led to believe that we are very close to completing a deal for him and it is just a case of dotting a few i's and crossing the t's.

"There is a fee of £1.4m and the length of the deal is four years. He is 32 but I have no qualms about paying that amount out because he is fit and looks after himself.

"We are delighted to have him on board because he has been terrific all season. To be fair to Fulham, they have got two outstanding goalkeepers and the one thing everybody wants to do is play on a Saturday.

"Maik is too good a keeper to be a number two. I wouldn't swap him for anyone.

"Everything about him, the way he looks after himself, his professionalism, the way he is as a lad makes him the perfect pro."

Taylor has contributed to Birmingham's fine form in the league, but Bruce has indicated that they will not enter the Intertoto Cup should they fail to reach the Uefa Cup.

Blues are still in with a shout of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League by finishing fourth, but if they fail they will not go down the Intertoto route.

"The manager is concentrating all his efforts on the club finishing as high as possible in the Premier League," said a club spokesman.

"He has made no provision for entering the Intertoto Cup and we will not be putting our names forward."