Blues consider Pandiani future
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce has confirmed he is thinking over an offer for Walter Pandiani.Steve Bruce has confirmed he is thinking over an offer for Walter Pandiani, while the Birmingham boss has also expressed his unhappiness at missing out on Paul Scharner.
Uruguayan striker Pandiani appears primed to leave St Andrews after less than 12 months with Birmingham.
Pandiani initially joined Blues on loan during the transfer window at the start of 2005 and his exploits secured a permanent move from Deportivo La Coruna.
But he has since struggled to claim a place in the team and has been strongly linked with a return to La Liga.
Real Mallorca, where he previously enjoyed a productive loan spell, have made a bid, while Bruce revealed a couple of other clubs are also interested in the forward.
"We've had two or three enquiries, but with Walter not being in the team there is always going to be speculation," Bruce told the club's official website.
"We've received an offer from Real Mallorca and it's one we're looking at, but there's going to be no decision made just yet.
"It's a bit more than £800,000."
Bruce could use the money from any sale of Pandiani to fund his plans for strengthening his squad during the upcoming transfer window.
He had hoped to sign Austria international Scharner after a prolonged chase, but the defender has opted to join Wigan Athletic, much to Bruce's chagrin.
"He was my number one target and I am hugely disappointed that we didn't get him," said Bruce.
"We have worked extremely hard for the best part of five months to bring him here, but he has chosen to go elsewhere.
"We made a bid eight weeks ago and unfortunately we couldn't agree a fee then, and now Wigan have stolen a march on us.
"Even though we also agreed a fee this week, he had already made his mind up to go to Wigan."