English clubs try again for Gomes
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The newly-promoted Blues are looking to make a big impact in The Premiership and have already made unsuccessful bids for strikers Massimo Maccarone and Mohammed Kallon.
Manager Steve Bruce is also currently negotiating with Panathinaikos for their Polish star Emmanuel Olisadebe, but again that transfer looks doomed to failure.
They have now moved for Gomes, who is available from the relegated Viola, although any deal is only likely to be on loan for the first season, with the fallen Italian giants hoping to gain promotion straight back to the top-flight.
Bruce himself refused to comment on the report and told planetfootball.com: "We are linked to many players around the world and I cannot comment on this story."
Tottenham are long-term admirers of the 26-year-old, even after he shunned both Spurs and Liverpool last season when he said he had no interest in a move to England, and are very keen to take him to White Hart Lane.
Gomes certainly does not want to play in Serie B next season and now it seems the player would consider a switch to The Premiership, although a move back to his former club Benfica would seem the most likely option.
Both Spurs and Birmingham will be hoping to get the chance to negotiate with Gomes within the next week and try and persuade him to join their respective causes for the coming season.