Birmingham have entered the hunt for want-away striker, Roman Pavlyuchenko.
With Carson Yeung taking over, manager Alex McLeish has been promised transfer funds to bolster the Blues’ squad, with a forward top of his wishlist.
With Liverpool rejecting offers for Ryan Babel, McLeish has turned his attentions to Pavlyuchenko, who is keen to quit White Hart Lane in search of first team football.
He has sounded out an initial loan move, which has been rebuffed, as Spurs will only allow the Russian to leave on a permanent basis, which has ruled out interest from Fulham and West Ham.
However, Birmingham have the funds to match the Â£10million asking price that Spurs are demanding, meaning they are among the favourites to get Pavlyuchenko’s signiture.
Interest from Zenit St Petersburg is apparently having some troubles, with a deal thought to be done soon.
Pavlyuchenko’s agent has denied any knowledge of a bid from Zenit, with manager, Luciano Spaletti disputing with the board whether to push through any move.
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Zenit are also hoping that Spurs will lower their asking price, which has no chance of happening.
Spartak Moscow have also shown an interest, but their offer to pay Â£15million over a number of years is also unlikely to find favour amongst the Tottenham bean-counters.
This leaves Pavlyuchenko’s future up in the air, as few clubs are willing to make an offer that will appease Tottenham, who still rate the player highly.