Scharner takes Blues liking
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Austria international Paul Scharner has revealed he hopes to join Birmingham.
Austria international Paul Scharner has revealed he hopes to make a January transfer window move to Birmingham.
Brann's £2 million-rated defender was watched by Blues manager Steve Bruce in his country's 1-0 defeat to England at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Despite conceding the 25th minute foul on Michael Owen which allowed Frank Lampard to score from the penalty spot, Scharner performed ably on his return to international action.
Scharner had expressed his reticence at a potential move to the Second City last month but now appears keen to take Bruce's interest further as he seeks a dream move to The Premiership.
The 25-year-old told the Birmingham Mail: "I have not spoken to Birmingham privately but my agents and the club have.
"I am interested in playing in the Premier League. I enjoyed it at Manchester. It is a beautiful stadium and maybe in the future I will play many games there."
Scharner, who has been described by Bruce as an "outstanding player", first came to the attention of the St Andrews club after the converted midfielder inspired Brann to a 4-0 pre-season friendly defeat of Blues.
Meanwhile, Bruce has confirmed that he expects midfielder Steve Clemence to sign a new three-year contract with Blues.
The former Tottenham man has less than 12 months remaining on his present deal and despite experiencing a hitherto stop-start season, Bruce hailed the 27-year-old as "fantastic".
"I think we're a tiny bit apart with Clem, I hope that we can tie him up," said Bruce.
"I want people like Stephen Clemence around. He's been fantastic since he walked through the door two-and-a-half years ago.
"You don't get many like him, that's for sure.
"I'll leave it to the trusted Karren [Brady] to make sure it gets done - I'm hopeful that it will."