Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

Blues - transfer search goes on

Blues - transfer search goes on

Eric Black admitted in an interview today that finding the right transfer targets may be tough for Blues in their run-up to the new season.

The immense hike in the TV money available to Premiership teams is bound to cause transfer fee inflation and there are a lot of teams chasing a relatively small number of players of the right quality.

As the club takeovers roll on, the super-wealthy are lining up to buy into high-profile clubs. It's actually easier to think of those that have not been linked to buyout activities in the last few years.

Those currently in the European places are likely to be spending heavily over the next three months, as Spurs seem to have captured Gareth Bale and Benitez is exhorting Liverpool's new owners to dig deep in their quest to do better than third place.

The pickings for teams destined to be in the bottom half of the Premiership are likely to be few and Steve Bruce will have to spend his money wisely.

That there may be as little as £10m available has struck terror into the hearts of the fans who have read in the press that Roy Keane has been given a £25m war chest to give Sunderland a fighting chance of avoiding the drop this time around.

Securing Fabrice Muamba has been a stroke of good luck but Birmingham will be looking to strengthen the team in other areas.

The news that Mikael Forssell is likely to stay may have eased the striker situation to an extent, but following the best part of three seasons unfit, he will need to prove his abilities quickly.

It is likely that Steve Bruce will want to strengthen his midfield and acquiring some experienced defenders is a must.

Blues have apparently lodged a bid for West Ham's Paul Konchesky but the word is that they are holding out for £4m, which could be interpreted as a tit-for-tat move in the wake of the high price demanded for the sale of Matthew Upson in the opposite direction nearly six months ago.

Other players reputedly under the eyes of Steve Bruce's scouts include Scott Carson, Jiri Jarosik (surprisingly), Antoine Sibierski and Kris Commons.

It is arguable whether Carson is significantly better than either Doyle or Taylor. Ben Foster would be a better choice but is likely to be seeing first-team action at Old Trafford this year.

Sibierski may not be free-scoring enough to solve the striker issue and Commons is untested at the top level. However, following Nottingham Forest's failure to get into the playoff finals it is possible they will want to cash in on their star midfielder.

Jarosik's contribution to Birmingham's last season in the Premiership resulted in some spectacular long-range strikes, but he suffered from being played out of position for long periods and seemed unhappy at the club towards the end of the season. Surprise has been expressed at the possibility of his return and it's very likely that the fans would be divided should he decide on a second spell at St Andrew's.

The rumours will keep flooding in as the net widens.






Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Friday May 25 2007
Time: 12:39AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
WHo ever you get, you'll do ok. Bruce is a good man, and as a Pompey fan i was glad we survived the drop when you went down, but i felt sorry it was you that went. I'd have been happier seeing someone like fulham go, they are crap.
Midge
25/05/2007 09:07:00
0
How the heck have you only got £10M ??? you get a fortune for going up or is this a result of gambling on going up first time ??
dazednconfuzed
25/05/2007 09:22:00
0
Non Birmingham hating Villa fan here, good luck next season!
bluedose
26/05/2007 16:16:00
0
I dont hate anyone and Im looking fwd to the fixtures coming out and seeing when the derby games are going to be restored.
col8
26/05/2007 17:48:00
0
You need to get some more players in soon to cope in the premiership.
will it ever happen
19/11/2007 16:41:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Derby County defender signs for Birmingham City

Birmingham City have announced the signing of Derby County defender Ryan Shotton for an undisclosed fee

Opinion: Parker Should Be Happy With His Signings

Sask's view on Birmingham City Ladies new summer signings.

Could Donaldson's place be under threat?

Luke Turner looks at what could happen to Donaldson if we sign a new striker...

Rowett's Adams Dilemma

Blues manager Gary Rowett is considering keeping Charlee Adams at the club rather than sending him out on loan

Archived Vital Birmingham Articles

Vital Birmingham articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Editor email
Profile
Christopher Handy
no email
Profile
Saskia Bowes
no email
Profile
Rob Wildey
no email
Profile
Luke Turner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where do we need to strengthen in the emergency loan window?
Suggested By: Tom Heslop
In goal6%
In defence20%
In midfield5%
In attack69%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.WayCoolBlue61
2.BcfcTom44
3.sotv198416
4.Rob Wildey13
5.David Village5
6.Sask3
7.Linda Anne Goodman2
8.Le Hane1
9.rob_wildey1
10.Matthew Elliott11