Bruce casts eye over Lama
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
BIRMINGHAM CITY manager Steve Bruce has revealed to planetfootball that veteran French keeper Bernard Lama is training at the club.
Bruce is keen to bring in goalkeeping reinforcements following an injury to former number one Nico Vaesen.
The eccentric Lama, who was born in Saint-Symphorien in France and is now retired, moved to Guiana at a young age before returning and starting his career with Lille.
Following spells with Metz, Brest and Lens, Lama signed for Paris Saint Germain where he won the 1994 French Championship and French Cup in 1995.
"Yes, he (Lama) trained with us this morning," said Bruce to planetfootball.com.
Lama, who was selected in France's 1996 European Championships squad, had a loan spell with West Ham in the late 90s but was also banned for six months for smoking cannabis in 1997.
The former Manchester United ace added that possible contract talks with the Frenchman are a long way off: "We've not really got to that stage yet."
Bruce refused to comment on whether Ian Bennett would assume the club's number one shirt, but did confirm Vaesen is set to go under the surgeons knife.
"Vaesen will have surgery next month and will definitely be out for around six months," concluded Bruce.