Blues shun Romario option
By Philip Seery & Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manager Steve Bruce has made no secret of the fact that he wanted a high-profile striker to fire the goals in the English top-flight and Blues owner David Sullivan confirmed Romario had been on the wish-list.
"There's no doubt he could have done a job for us in the short-term," Sullivan told The Sun.
"But we feel at 36 he's a bit too old."
The 1994 World Cup winner is currently mulling over a return to Vasco da Gama after spending several seasons in Europe with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven.
Vasco president Eurico Miranda has informed Romario there is always room for him at his club, and the veteran is expected to head back to his old stamping ground.
Romario said: "Vasco was always my home. I left because my contract had expired, so now that Eurico said that the doors of the club are always opened for me, I feel very well."
The marksman's agent confirmed discussions had taken place for a return to Vasco after negotiations with Flamengo failed to bear fruit.
Luisinho Moraes said: "Before we started the conversations with Flamengo, we had already spoken with the president of Vasco, Eurico Miranda.
"He says that Vasco is Romario's home but I think the club are not offering conditions which are fair to Romario. We will have to wait and see what offers each club come back with in the next few days."
Premiership newcomers Birmingham have yet to capture a marksman for the new season having recently failed in a £5 million raid for Crystal Palace forward Clinton Morrison.
That deal now looks dead in the water and the Midlands club have made Polish international Emmanuel Olisadebe their number one target.
The Panthinaikos player, 23, is in talks about a £3.3 million switch to St Andrews with the Birmingham hierarchy keen to wrap up the deal before the season curtain-raiser against Premiership champions Arsenal.
Meanwhile, The Blues are also being linked with a £4 million move for Estudiantes front-man Ernesto Farias.
The 21-year-old Argentine is one of the hottest properties in his homeland and has also attracted the attention of Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.