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Australia goalkeeper Jones to join Liverpool

August 17, 2010 09:39 IST

Australia goalkeeper Brad Jones is joining Liverpool for 2.3 million pounds ($3.59 million) from Middlesbrough after the clubs agreed a fee on Monday.

brad jones liverpoolThe 28-year-old, who was has passed a medical and agreed personal terms, is expected to complete the paperwork on a three-year contract on Tuesday, the Premier League club said on their official website (

Jones, a regular understudy to Mark Schwarzer for Australia, was in their World Cup squad but had to leave almost a week before the finals started on June 11 in South Africa to deal with a serious illness to a family member back home.

He has played twice for his country.

Jones has been 'Boro's first choice since the 2008/09 season having won a League Cup winner's medal in 2004 and played in the UEFA Cup semi-final win over Steaua Bucharest in 2006.

He has since won two caps for Australia and was named in their 2010 World Cup squad.

Derbyshire joins Birmingham on loan

Former Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire has joined Birmingham City on loan from Olympiakos Pireaus, the Greek club said on Monday.

The 24-year-old made just 19 appearances for Olympiakos last season, scoring six goals in a spell that was hindered by injury and loss of form.

"Olympiakos announces that an agreement has been reached with Birmingham for the loan of Matt Derbyshire for one year," a brief statement posted on the Olympiakos website ( said.

Derbyshire was left out of the Olympiakos squad by coach Ernesto Valverde for the 5-1 friendly against Roma on Aug 13.

Valverde, who recently returned to the club after a one-year absence, signed Derbyshire on loan initially in 2009.

The former England under-21 international's highlight during his time in Greece was helping his club do the double by scoring twice in the Greek Cup final win over AEK Athens.

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