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McLeish opts for left-back all-rounder.

IT WAS a case of 'better the devil you know' for Alex McLeish in solving Blues' left-back problem.

Gregory Vignal has signed from RC Lens on a 12-month contract, with an option for a further year.

McLeish had a look at Boukary Drame, of Sochaux, in a private friendly on Wednesday.

But he went for former Liverpool defender Vignal, who he took on loan for Rangers in 2004-05, when they won the SPL title and Scottish League Cup double.

Vignal, 28, played for Blues, and shaped up well, in the pre-season friendly against Sporting Gijon midway through a trial period.

But McLeish wanted to assess Drame before making up his mind.

Drame was rated one of the hottest properties around a couple of years ago, but his stock has fallen considerably.

He had a difficult time on loan to Real Sociedad last season.

McLeish said: "I know what we're getting with Gregory. He's a good all-round player, athletic, with a nice left foot.

"He knows the British game, which is an advantage, he's robust. He has been desperate to play in the Premier League again, so he's hungry."
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