McLeish keen on Quashie
Alex McLeish has confirmed he is keen to bring midfielder Nigel Quashie to Birmingham City.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 20/09/08 1:27pm
Alex McLeish has confirmed he is keen to bring Nigel Quashie to Birmingham, although he still has concerns over his fitness.
Blues have had a look at Quashie, who is currently well down West Ham's pecking order, in training in a bid to assess his current level of fitness.
While McLeish has conceded the experienced midfielder's fitness is a little below par, he still feels the 30-year-old could do a job for the Midlands outfit.
"He's still training with us although he went back to London earlier in the week for personal reasons, but we're hoping to get him back in," McLeish told the club's official website.
"He's looking very good and he's definitely got a lot of quality but it's just about his fitness levels.
"We've assessed him so far and he's just got a wee bit of fitness to find.
"I would like something to happen there and that will be up to Nigel and to see if there's been any reaction to the tough training that he's been doing.
"He's been out for a long time and picked up a couple of small niggles which stopped him playing in the recent Manchester United reserve game."
Meanwhile, McLeish has stated Kevin-Prince Boateng needs to be a bit more vocal if he wants to join the St Andrews outfit.
Blues have made no secret of their interest in Tottenham's out-of-favour midfielder, but, as yet, Boateng remains at White Hart Lane.
"If he's umming and aahing about it we'll just leave it because he's got to tell me he wants to come," he continued. "I'd like to know if he really has the application to come and get his career going again.
"I don't want players to feel like they're forced to come. I want players to come and say 'I'm going to come and resurrect my career under you big man and Birmingham is a big club and I'd like to help them get back to the Premier League'."