Having been told by Carson Yueng last January that he has over £40million to spend on new players, it’s been a relatively quiet summer transfer window for Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish.

The £6m acquisition of Nikola Zigic, the capture of Ben Foster and the free transfer signing of Spanish midfielder Enric Valles are the only purchases so far.

Birmingham continue to be linked with every man and his dog, the latest being a move for Juventus legend Mauro Camoranesi, but the Blues have also been linked with AZ Alkmaar winger Moussa Dembele with the latter thought to be the transfer that is more likely to go through.

Dembele 23, has scored 24 goals in 118 matches for the Dutch outfit and McLeish sees him as an ideal alternative to the other Dutch winger Birmingham almost signed last January.

Dembele would cost in the region of £5m, and he says: “The Premier League is the strongest in the world. I know I can be successful in a big league. Birmingham City is the most concrete option but other clubs have also shown an interest.

"I have waited for more opportunities and now I have to look at the pros and the cons. I would like to decide by next week but in my head I have a preference."

With the first game of the new season against Sunderland at The Stadium of Light only nine days away, McLeish will have to move quickly to get new players in for the start of the season.

The Blues will be looking to build on their ninth place finish last season and maybe push on for Europe, but Birmingham will definitely be looking to plug a few holes before the transfer window shuts on August 31.

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