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By ESPN Staff
Jan 13, 2006

Pandiani completes move to Espanyol

MADRID, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Uruguay striker Walter Pandiani completed a €1.5 million (£1million) move from Birmingham City to Espanyol when he was unveiled by the Primera Liga side on Friday.

Pandiani, who has signed a two and a half-year deal with the Barcelona-based club, said he was itching to make his debut.

'I'm ready to play now and I can't wait to play although I don't know when I'll get the chance,' he told a news conference.

The 29-year-old joined Birmingham for £3million from Deportivo Coruna last August after a successful loan spell at the club and scored six goals in 35 appearances for the Premier League side who are struggling against relegation.

Espanyol is Pandiani's third Spanish club after Deportivo and Real Mallorca. The former Penarol striker scored 45 goals in 119 league games for the two sides.

'I was fine in England, but returning to Spain was an interesting option,' he said. 'I weighed it up with my family and here I am,' he said.

Espanyol, who play Real Sociedad on Sunday, are in 14th place in the Primera Liga and face Cadiz in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.