Figueroa Transfer Dispute Resolved

Last updated : 28 October 2003 By Brian Cartlidge

Spanish side Osasuna claimed that before signing for Blues the 22-year-old striker had already signed for them, a claim disputed by both Blues and the player himself.

Football's governing body, FIFA, then decided to investigate the transfer and on Tuesday ruled that Figueroa is a Blues player.

"Osasuna claimed that I had signed a contract with them but that is not true, Figueroa told the clubs official website,

"FIFA have finally agreed and I am glad the situation has now been resolved.

"I have no regrets about coming to England rather than Spain and I am looking forward to playing in the first team for Birmingham."

The Agentinian striker is yet to start a Premiership game for Blues so far this season but his goalscoring feats have seen him net seven times in eight reserve team outings.