Birmingham give Newcastle permission for Sebastian Larsson talks
Birmingham hope to complete Tottenham winger David Bentley's loan deal in the next 24 hours, subject to him passing a medical.
But Sebastian Larsson - the player Bentley could replace if he leaves - may soon be heading out of St Andrew's with Newcastle given permission to speak to the Sweden international.
City manager Alex McLeish has not given up hope of signing Rangers striker Kenny Miller, who is also a target for Fiorentina.
McLeish confirmed: "Bentley is doing a medical. It might run into two days.
"It will be good to sign him because He has got a bit of quality and class as a footballer.
"His delivery at set-pieces is excellent as well. He is a natural footballer."
Larsson is out of contract in the summer and a new offer from Blues has remained unsigned.
McLeish said: "The latest with Seb is we gave his advisor permission to speak to Newcastle.
"Other than that, I've heard nothing.
"We came to a kind of impasse (over a new contract).
"I know Seb would like to stay but we'll just have to wait and see. There is nothing I can really add to that."
McLeish worked with Miller when in charge of Scotland and would like to know sooner rather than later if he wants to move to Blues.
He said: "We have an agreement with Rangers and we are talking to Kenny. He's also got an offer from Italy.
"I know he is talking about coming back to the Premier League or possibly going to Italy so we will probably ask Kenny for a quick decision.
"I think he's had the offer from Fiorentina. I don't want to talk about Kenny's business but we made an offer, Rangers accepted it and we await Kenny's answer."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal have 'too many strikers' claims Arsene Wenger, despite admitting Lukas Podolski is 'not a real centre-forward'
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger says he will be 'actively involved' on deadline day... but may not buy a striker despite Giroud injury
Fernando Torres to AC Milan: Jose Mourinho talks up Mattia Destro with Torres on verge of Chelsea exit
Mario Balotelli has been 'spoken to at length' and Liverpool have ensured he lives on Merseyside rather than Manchester
Burnley vs Manchester United: Why Louis van Gaal has been unflustered by United's terrible start to the season
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 4 George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
- 5 Medina: Saudis take a bulldozer to Islam's history
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools