Bruce hopeful over Purse deal
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manager Steve Bruce is confident that Purse, who has one year left on his existing contract, will pen a new deal following The Blues' promotion to The Premiership via the play-offs.
"The players are back in training next week and I will be sitting down with Darren to talk about a new contract," Bruce told the club website.
"I am hopeful that the situation can be resolved. Now that we are in The Premiership it is where he wants to be.
"I have not had any enquiries for him, nor do I want any."
Meanwhile, The Blues have been linked with an audacious move for Sierra Leone striker Mohammed Kallon of Internazionale.
The marksman has a good goal ratio in Serie A but the prospect of a fully fit Ronaldo and Christian Vieri in tandem up front could hinder his chances of first team football and he may be keen to join the growing foreign legions in The English Premier League.
A number of Italian clubs are also thought to be interested in Kallon and Birmingham face a real fight to lure the striking ace to The Midlands.
The play-off victors seem resigned to admitting defeat in their slim hope of persuading Rui Costa to swap Milan for Birmingham.
According to the Italian press Bruce had an undisclosed bid for the Portuguese playmaker flatly turned down.