Birmingham City- Jan 2008 Transfer Window week 4


Hugh Larkin

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29/01/2008 10:00:00.
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After Week 3 saw Birmingham City clinch three signings, Week 4 of the transfer window was one of relative inactivity and rumour. It could get very busy in the last few days of January.

The word is that Alex McLeish would still like a defender, plus a midfielder and the defender would be Aston Villa’s Gary Cahill but Villa are refusing to accept Birmingham’s valuation of the player.

Birmingham may still try to resurrect the deal but with time ticking to the deadline it could be that Blues will have to go for other targets like the Swiss Ludovic Magnin, who was mentioned two weeks ago.

With Villa making little headway in the window so far and resigned to the loss of Olaf Mellberg, it could be that Martin O’Neil feels that he can’t afford to allow Cahill to go now.

During the week there was a rumour that Birmingham had been looking at Lazio defender Gugleilmo Stendardo but this was one of those tips that failed to amount to something.

While the Cahill deal was becalmed, the manager agreed to give a trial to the wonderfully named Carlos Costly. The Honduran forward has been playing in Poland and apparently has a decent goalscoring record.

One striker not coming to St Andrew’s is Manchester City’s Georgios Samaras. Blues interest in the player cooled, although many fans couldn’t understand why it had heated up in the first place.

Olivier Kapo has been the subject of a lot of paper talk that the Frenchman would leave in the transfer window. This was squashed to a certain extent when Alex McLeish said he would only let Kapo go for big money.

Tunisia are performing decently at the African Nations Cup and seem likely to get through their group. This will extend the time Rahdi Jahdi and Mehdi Nafti are away and can only throw more pressure on the management to get reinforcements in before the 31st of the month.

By Sunday 27th a name familiar to Scottish fans came into the frame- former Rangers utility forward Peter Lovenkrands. The Dane is at FC Schalke in the Bundesliga and the local Express & Star says a £2 million fee is on the cards. Certainly this is the sort of name to excite Blues fans.

Lovenkrands has a big reputation in Scotland where he scored a lot of goals for a winger. He also played down the centre for the Gers at times, though he’s been less prolific in Germany

Less well known is the name of Michael Ciani, a defender with French Ligue 1 side L’Orient. The player is said to be ‘interesting’ McLeish which is sometimes agent speak for, “ he watched the video that we sent him”.

The expectation is that Blues will do some dealing close to the deadline. Assistant boss Roy Aitken talked of bringing in a quite a few new names and with only three brought in so far, expect a lot of action up to Thursday.

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