Blues would get 'fantastic' deal for Jovanovic

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Birmingham will be getting a "fantastic deal" if they sign Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic for £3.4million, according to the player's agent Barry McIntosh.

The Serbian striker will join Blues for 3.75million euros as long as they deal with McIntosh rather than directly with the Belgian club, the agent claims. The agent insists he has an "exclusive" mandate from Liege to finalise a move for Jovanovic and that Blues face legal ramifications if they try to seal any deal directly with the club.

McIntosh told the Birmingham Mail "They (Birmingham) can go and speak direct to the club (Liege) if they want but I have the exclusive mandate to get specific terms for the player, and that's come from their sporting director.

He added: "That could have (legal) ramifications if they did do that. I have managed to get Birmingham a fantastic deal for a player who absolutely destroyed Everton not too long ago in Europe.

"At the time there was talk of £10million offers, but Standard Liege didn't want to sell. Now he is coming to the end of his contract in June, and they have realised he doesn't want to re-sign, so they are looking to get the maximum price in January."

Jovanovic has scored 76 goals in 129 appearances for Liege and McIntosh added: "Jovanovic is a great talent. He can play coming in off the left or right, even though he is essentially left-footed, or straight up front.

"He has a presence, his goals record speaks for itself, and there are plenty of clubs out there who want him."

McIntosh is already involved in a dispute with City over the signing of Santos Laguna striker Christian Benitez after initially being given the go-ahead to thrash out the deal to bring in the Ecuador international.

McIntosh's main gripe over the Benitez transfer is with the previous Birmingham board and not the current regime headed by Carson Yeung.

But he insisted: "They (the current board) didn't start the fire but they still intend to benefit from the performances of the player. They inherited the situation, they have to deal with it."

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