Birmingham demonstrated their desire to kick on from last season's impressive Premier League showing by moving for striker Nikola Zigic yesterday.
The 6ft 7in Serbian striker is expected to move to St Andrew's from Valencia for a fee believed to be in the region of £6m. Zigic, who has a less than impressive scoring record at the Spanish club – he did better on loan at Racing Santander – will have to take a pay cut: he earns around £60,000 at the Mestella.
Stoke, Blackburn and Sunderland were also thought to be interested in the 29-year-old, whose height and technical ability would add an edge to a Blues side which lacked penetration up front last season.
He is currently with Serbia preparing for this summer's World Cup, where they will face Germany, Australia and Ghana in Group D.