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Predictably, Birmingham manager wants Everton forward

James McFadden has been reduced to a few cameo performances for Everton this season, although the Scottish international has an old friend requiring his services. Step forward Alex McLeish, formerly manager of his native Scotland and now in charge of Birmingham City. According to Sky Sports, the Blues have already had a £2.5 million bid rejected by the Merseyside club but they’re not finished yet.

“James is a proven Premier League player. He has the character to play in a team of mine and he’s the type of player I’m looking for,” said McLeish.

“He’s also got great technical ability and will bring extra from that point of view, if we can do the deal.

“I’d love to work with James again but you never know in this game. I know we have some competition.”

Most Everton fans would be sorry to see ‘Faddy’ go but lament the fact that he has too many ordinary matches and only the occasional flash of brilliance for the Toffees. Can his former international manager get the best out of him at St Andrews, much in the same way he did for Scotland?

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