Birmingham City- Transfer Window Week 2


Hugh Larkin

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16/01/2008 09:00:00.
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The battling draw at Arsenal came as a welcome boost to everyone at Birmingham City in a week when dealings in the transfer window hadn’t gone as hoped.

Former boss Steve Bruce persuaded Honduran international Wilson Palacios to continue his loan spell in English soccer with Wigan rather than Birmingham. The player made 6 appearances for Blues but commented that Wigan had moved first to secure him for an extended deal.

As Bruce brought the player over originally, its uncertain how disappointed Alex McCleish would be but it seems the Blues did want to keep him. His defection probably adds to the shopping list that the management have to fill.

As expected, Everton were none too keen to be helpful about McCleish’s number one transfer target. According to reports they rejected an initial Birmingham enquiry and by the close of the week the offer had reportedly gone up as far as £4.5 million for the Scotland player.

There was also the unwelcome alternative rumour that Celtic were going to come in for the Everton man, although nothing concrete had resulted by the end of Week 2.

Blues fared no better with a bid for Hibernian left back David Murphy, so the name of Swiss international Ludovic Magnin came into the frame. Birmingham are reported to have upped the bid on Murphy to £1.5 million but clearly the Edinburgh club don’t want to sell yet.

Murphy is an English product of the Middlesbrough youth system and was taken to Hibs by former boss Tony Mowbray. West Brom could be a rival bidder but the biggest competitor for the player could be McCleish’s old club Rangers. Murphy now has over 100 SPL starts.

Magnin is an experienced player with experience at the World Cup Finals. He’s been in the Bundesliga since 2002, first for Werder Bremen and lately for VFB Stuttgart. With Martin Taylor available for transfer, McLeish is clearly unhappy with his left side options.

The Daily Mirror revived the Kris Boyd rumour which had been doing the rounds in December when the new manager was appointed. No other papers moved to support it though and McCleish seems to have focused his attention on McFadden. Blues are just one of a string of clubs that the Rangers striker has been linked to.

Some papers suggested Birmingham were one of several clubs who were waiting to see if Henrik Larsson could be tempted to take on another short loan spell in the Premiership but id so, those hopes were dashed when the Swede ruled it out this weekend.

Bobo Balde of Celtic stayed in the news but as the week wore on Bolton began to look a more likely destination than the Second City.

The most noticeable fact about the week was how few players Birmingham were linked with, given that Assistant Manager Roy Aitken had admitted that the management wanted to bring in quite a few players. The moves for McFadden and Murphy were the only definite attempts to tie up a deal.

Week 2 of the transfer window was a worrying one for Blues fans, because very little happened and the only movement was out when Rowan Vine moved to cash rich QPR and Sam Oji left for Leyton Orient. Everyone at the club will be hoping for more positive results in Week 3.

Premier League Jan 2008 Transfer Window - Week 2 Round-up

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