New Birmingham striker Mikael Forssell has denied reports that he failed a medical at Everton before agreeing a move to St Andrews.

Everton claimed earlier this week that a proposed move for Forssell collapsed because of doubts about over his medical.

However, the Finnish international has denied failing a medical.

He said: “At no point did I undertake a full medical at Everton and these stories that I failed a medical are complete fabrication.”

“I know my medical records were sent to Everton when I was in discussions with the club over a move to Goodison Park.

“But as soon as I heard about Birmingham’s interest then there was only one club I wanted to join and those records were returned to Blues.”

Everton assistant manager Alan Irvine had earlier said: “Obviously Mikael Forssell failed his medical, and so we can’t commit ourselves to spending a great deal of money on a player, and then of course on his wages, if we don’t think he’s going to be able to play.

“Our medical people made the decision that he wasn’t fit enough to be as expensive as he was going to be. Perhaps if he wasn’t going to be costing that kind of money then the decision would have been different.

“But clearly he’s had a problem – I hope that that problem doesn’t mean he doesn’t play football again becuase we all think he’s an excellent footballer.”