McLeish eyes Serbian duo Zigic & Jovanovic
2009-12-01 - Added by
Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish is reortedly keen to lure Serbian strike force Nikola Zigic and Milan Jovanovic to St Andrews in January as he looks to boost his side's goal threat.
New Blues owner Carson Yeung has stated that McLeish will be given a transfer war chest of up to £40million to spend on new recruits in the winter transfer window, and it seems a quarter of that has already been earmarked.
According to the Daily Mirror, Zigic, who is an inch taller than Peter Crouch, will be allowed to leave cash-strapped Valencia for £8million in January, despite costing Los Che more than double that when he signed from Racing Santander two years ago.
Zigic’s agent Milan Calasan said: "I'm sure that Zigic will switch clubs in January if a good offer arrives.
"I can only say that with the crises going around, the price should be convenient for everyone and not too high."
Jovanovic is out of contract with Standard Liege at the end of the current campaign, and would probably be available in January for around £4million.
However, the deal would appear more problematic as the Midlands club is currently involved in a cash dispute with agent Barry McIntosh, who was hired to sort the transfer.
McIntosh recently reported Birmingham to FIFA after disagreements regarding the summer transfer of Ecuadorian striker Christian Benitez from Mexican side Santos Laguna.
Should McLeish be able to sign the duo he would have the first choice Serbian strike force at his disposal, with the pair firing their country to top spot in their World Cup qualifying group recently, ahead of France.