Birmingham City’s Gary Rowett has made his fifth signing of the summer; securing the services of Dutch midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld from FC Groningen.

Kieftenbeld has made 147 league appearances for FC Groningen, and has also represented the Dutch national team five times.

Blues have tied the 25-year old midfielder to the club with a three-year contract, but the fee of the transfer remains undisclosed.

Kieftenbeld has never spent any time in his career in England, and began his time with FC Twente in their youth team in 2003, but failed to break through and make an appearance for the first team. This triggered a move to Go Ahead Eagles after approximately four years, where he spent a further two years until he moved to Groningen in 2010.


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