Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish admits that he would have signed Roman Pavlyuchenko if the price was right.
The Spurs striker was linked with a move to St Andrews during the January transfer window, while he was still out of favour at White Hart Lane but the Blues could not meet Tottenham’s valuation.
â€œI still believe that I was correct not to go ballistic in January, in terms of a huge transfer,â€ McLeish told the Birmingham Mail.
â€œAlthough if we could have, I would have done Pavlyuchenko.
â€œBut the figures became a bit rich and the club felt that as well.
â€œItâ€™s not that we didnâ€™t want to spend our money, but we all had the same opinion on that one. I think I was proven correct as we finished ninth.
â€œIf we had brought in a big name, there might have been expectation for us to finish in Europe or something like that.
â€œThat would have heaped more pressure on the players, and I didnâ€™t think they needed that pressure.â€
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