Blues lodge Kezman offer
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PSV Eindhoven chief Harry van Raaij has confirmed that Birmingham have lodged a bid and the Dutch giants have reacted positively to the move.
Blues have now tabled their sizeable offer for Kezman - believed to be é¼10 million (£6.5 million) - which will no doubt rule a number of potential suitors out of the running, due to the size of the opening gambit.
Newcastle United, who saw Kezman at first hand when he scored in the first leg of their Uefa Cup quarter final, have also been linked - but now Birmingham have moved to the front of the queue after lodging the bid.
Speaking of Birmingham's offer van Raaij said: "I can live with this bid.
However, Van Raaij claims that Birmingham are yet to get back to them and that they will listen to other offers.
"Now Birmingham has not reacted, we at PSV no longer have our hands tied by this bid," he told Brabants Dagblad.
Kezman - who has just over 12 months left on his contract - has intimated that he would be willing to talk with any clubs about his future - which has seemingly spurred Birmingham in to making a firm offer.
A number of clubs are following the Serb, who has again been in sparkling form this season and this is only likely to be the beginning of the race to win his signature.
The move for Kezman by Birmingham may also be a sign that they feel they are losing the battle to keep on-loan star Mikael Forssell from Chelsea - but it may indeed help persuade the young Finn that Blues can match his own ambitions and his future is best served at St Andrews.
Meanwhile, PSV have also received an offer for Danish winger Dennis Rommedahl from Hamburg.
However, van Raaij described the offer as 'ridiculous' and rejected it out of hand.