Crawley have signed attacking midfielder Beryly Lubala from Birmingham City on a two-year contract.

The 21-year-old Beryly was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and grew up in Leicester before joining Birmingham’s youth set-up in 2014.

An attacking midfielder or forward, Lubala made 22 appearances for the Blues’ under-23s in the 2016-17 season and was awarded with a new contract.

During the 2017-18 campaign he was a regular once again for the under-23s and was given his professional debut as a substitute in Birmingham’s game at Bristol City in 2018.

As well as playing regularly again at under-23 level last season, Beryly made four further first-team appearances including a full debut in a Carabao Cup tie against Reading.

He worked at Blues with Crawley head coach Gabriele Cioffi when the latter was part of Gianfranco Zola’s management team.

Cioffi said: “I am absolutely delighted to have Beryly with us.

“He is a player I know from my time at Birmingham and he has all the attributes to do well for us.

“He is a terrific athlete, he can score goals and he can be a dominant midfielder or play in wide areas too.

“Since I came to the club he is a player I have been very keen to bring to Crawley.

“I think he will thrive with us and I am very pleased to have him here.”