Birmingham City have extended James Vaughan’s loan deal from Huddersfield Town until the end of the season. He will then sign a permanent one-year contract to stay at St Andrews from next season.
The 27-year-old’s original loan expired last week but followed extensive talks between the two clubs, a deal has now been agreed. The forward impressed during the absence of regular starter Clayton Donaldson through injury, and although he didn’t score, his work-rate and attitude has impressed Gary Rowett.
With the deal going through ahead of the 12pm FA deadline, it should mean that Vaughan is able to play tomorrow in the FA Cup tie at home to Premier League side AFC Bournemouth.
Vaughan played a key role in Birmingham’s last match, supplying the assist for Maikel Kieftenbeld against Brentford who scored an 89th minute winner to keep up the pressure on the play-off places.
It is well-documented that Vaughan was born in the city and is a boyhood Blues supporter. He rose to fame during his time in the Premier League with Everton, becoming the Premier League’s youngest ever scorer in April 2005 aged 16 years, 271 days. A record which still stands.
He has enjoyed a good spell at John Smith’s Stadium with Huddersfield, finding the net 33 times in 95 appearances with the Yorkshire club.