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Birmingham City striker rejects exit speculation

Fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are sat watching all the action across the leagues today and during half time, reports emerge that Birmingham City star Nikola Zigic will not be leaving the club during January.

The Serbian’s agent has told Sky Sports that the striker has no plans to leave and has denied any talk of a possible move to Villarreal.

The 32-year-old, who has netted five times for the Championship strugglers, has received an offer from the Spanish second division outfit but his representative has confirmed that he is happy to stay at St. Andrews.

“The Spanish club offered 50 per cent of Zigic’s salary, but they want Birmingham City to pay the other half of his contract,” Milan Calasan told Sky Sports.

“But Nikola is staying, he is not moving to Villarreal. He is not interested in moving to the Segunda Division, he is now waiting for a better opportunity.

“And there is something else – his kids are in school in England, that’s why he is not so keen on moving in January. And he also loves England, more than he loved Spain.

Birmingham are in a financial crisis after their relegation from the Premier League and may want to offload Zigic, who is thought to be on £60,000-a-week wages, but his agent confirms he wants to stay.

He added:”He is happy with the money he gets, he loves life in the UK. He has a contract as though he would be playing for Manchester United.

“Birmingham City could buy five new players if he were to move but, as I said, he is not really keen on moving right now.”

It is thought that clubs in Germany and Asia are also interested in the striker whose current wages could prove a sticking point.

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