Blues confirm deadline snubs
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Birmingham have confirmed who they failed to land on transfer deadline day.Birmingham have confirmed they missed out on Bobo Balde, Jason Euell and Curtis Davies, as well as Michael Ball on transfer deadline day.
Balde's snub was revealed by skysports.com on Thursday, while Ball was widely known to have turned his back on St Andrews.
Now Birmingham have revealed that they also failed in attempts to get Charlton's Euell and Davies - who moved from Luton to West Brom for £3 million.
"We have been trying to go for proven players and most fair-thinking people are aware there's only so much you can do. We are not prepared to burrow this club into debt and end up like a Leeds United," said Birmingham supremo David Sullivan.
"We thought we had something done but Balde changed his mind and with Ball, it was similar. PSV Eindhoven offered him a three-year contract which we were not prepared to do, so he went to Holland for more money
"We did look at the lad who can play in midfield or in attack, Euell, and made a bid. We like him because he can go in and help at either position."
Sullivan told the Birmingham Evening Mail that Davies was not an option as they would not match the £3 million asking price and insisted the club do not have limitless funds.
"If you look at it, we've done £3 million on Jermaine Pennant, the same on Mikael Forssell at a very, very high wage, the same on Walter Pandiani at a very, very high wage," he said.
"We're committed to signing Nicky Butt for £2 million - £2.5 million if we stay up, again on a very, very high wage. Then there's a £3 million commitment for Jiri Jarosik, plus another massive increase on the wage bill.
"Darren Carter goes for two bob but the reality is that we then bring someone in to replace him on 10 times the salary.
"The type of players we are bringing into the club are getting £30,000-£35,000-a-week. You can't keep signing another player and then another player on that sort of money.
"With season ticket sales at 18,000-19,000, that brings in revenue of about £6 million - so where exactly is all this cash people want us to spend going to come from?"