Bruce eyes Blues buys
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce is keen to continue investing in the Birmingham squad this summer.
Steve Bruce is keen to continue investing in his squad this summer - and has revealed the club are currently chasing 'a bit of a name'.
Birmingham have already agreed deals for Celta Vigo's Daniel de Ridder, Juventus midfielder Olivier Kapo, Stuart Parnaby from Middlesbrough, Garry O'Connor from Lokomotiv Moscow, Arsenal's Fabrice Muamba and goalkeeper Richard Kingson, as well as a loan deal for Brazilian defender Rafael Schmitz from Lille.
But Bruce believes the squad need further additions to replace those who have departed, and has identified the left side of midfield as an area of particular concern following the loss of Julian Gray.
"I haven't finished with all my signings yet," he said. "If you look at it, so far we've lost four players from last season's squad and three of them were in the team.
"We've lost Andrew Cole, Nicklas Bendtner and Bruno N'Gotty - and it looks like Stephen Clemence and DJ Campbell could be going - and my immediate thought was to replace what I've lost.
"We've done that with Olivier Kapo and Garry O'Connor, but we're still short on the left-hand side with the loss of Julian Gray and I've got to try to do a little bit more.
"I'd also love now to bring in a little bit of experience. We're after a bit of a name at the moment, but I may have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing to get him."
Birmingham are still yet to secure a work permit for Ghanaian keeper Kingson, but Bruce believes it will come through shortly.
However, he admits that - with Colin Doyle and Maik Taylor also in the squad - he is still unsure who will be his No.1 next season.
"We are hoping that the work permit for Richard will be done in the next week or so.
"I haven't said who is going to be my first choice, but the one thing I needed was three goalkeepers. You need three keepers in the Premier League.
"The last thing I needed if someone got injured was scraping around to try and find another keeper and so we have acted.
"Doyley finished off the season in really great form and Maik has come back in really good shape. I've got competition. I will make a decision in the next few weeks."