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Blues striker in on loan

28 March 2013

Akwasi Asante on loan until the end of the season

Shrewsbury Town have signed Birmingham City's Dutch striker Akwasi Asante on loan until the end of the season.
He is the second new arrival at the club today following the return of right back James Hurst on loan from West Bromwich Albion.
Asante, 20, made his Football League debut at the Greenhous Meadow when he was on loan at Northampton last season.
Born in Amsterdam, Asante moved to England with his family at the age of 13 and joined Birmingham's Academy.
He made his first team debut for Blues as a late substitute in their Europa Cup win over Portuguese club CD Nacional early last season before joining Northampton on loan, scoring once in four games for the Cobblers.
Asante will provide Graham Turner with another attacking option in the closing weeks of the season. 
The manager, pleased to have brought in Asanti, said: "He's a Dutch-born lad raised in the Midlands and we've seen him play quite frequently for Birmingham reserves.
"He scored twice against us in a reserve team friendly fixture last season and came on against us in pre-season.
"We've seen him play in their reserves and development squad and score goals so he's got that habit and we just didn't want to lose ourselves short.
"He's a strong boy and he's got an eye for goal.
"The two signings today will add a bit of strength and cover the problems that we've had, particularly in defence with James Hurst, but we're delighted to have Akwasi in and I'm sure he will have an impact for us."
Both Asante and Hurst will be available for selection for the Good Friday trip to Carlisle United.

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