Alex McLeish eyes up Serbian hitman.
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. (Independent)
It appears that the offshoot of an amazingly successful Premier League campaign is that Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish will find it far easier to nab quality players rather than scrambling around for what he can get. Having signed England international Ben Foster the Scot is now closing in on Serbian international Nikola Zigic.
The towering Valencia man could be just the ticket to help as the target man as the St Andrews’ club looks to improve things up front. Last season Birmingham City found goals very hard to come by, only three Premier League clubs managed less, and therefore its a problem area McLeish is keen to amend.
Cameron Jerome proved to be the only striker at the club able to hit the back of the net and the lack of goals last term just makes many wonder just how much better their season could have been if they had a proven front man to count on. Zigic may have struggled at the Mestalla but he has proven himself at Red Star and also when playing for Racing Santander where he managed an impressive 25 goals in 51 appearances in two spells at the club.