Christian Negouai under went a three day trial with City before signing a £1.5m four and a half year contract with the Blues. He started his footballing career as a centre forward before converting to a defensive midfield role.
City chief, Kevin Keegan was impressed by his balance and with his height predicts the player will pose a continual threat at the set piece move. The Frenchman, who was born in Martinique, had sparked interest from three Premiership clubs, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and West Ham before agreeing a move from Belgian club, Charleroi. It was Philippe Albert, the former Newcastle defender, who helped broker the deal for Kevin Keegan who had signed the Belgian when in charge at Newcastle.
Made his debut in the League defeat at Portsmouth and was sent off for a second bookable offence in City's Worthington Cup defeat at Blackburn, his second game for the Blues. After missing the most of the following two seasons through injuries, Christian found the way to first team football limited at City. Still he managed to be involved in City's short lived Europe dream, scoring a goal in the away leg against TNS in Wales.
Christian went on loan to Sturm Graz just before transfer deadline in January 2004.
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