Birmingham manager Alex McLeish would relish the prospect of working again with Everton striker James McFadden.

Birmingham have had bids of £2.5million and £3million rejected but it is believed further negotiations have brought the two clubs closer to reaching an agreement for the Scotland international.

Former Scotland boss McLeish said: "I am hoping we can pull out all the stops to get James McFadden, who is one of those players who is unfazed by the challenges put in front of him."

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