Wealthy Birmingham City are lining up a surprise move for former German international striker Kevin Kuranyi from Schalke 04 according to Sky Sports. Kuranyi has just six months left on his contract with the Bundesliga giants and the club reportedly don’t have the financial might to give him a new contract. With that in mind Kuranyi could be allowed to leave in January for as little as £5 million and that has alerted Birmingham whose owner Carson Yeung has promised £40 million to manager Alex McLeish to spend in January to keep the team in the Premiership.
The 27 year old, who was born in Brazil, has hit 101 Bundesliga goals playing for Stuttgart and Schalke and is proven at the top level and thus he’d prove a major coup for Birmingham should they manage to sign him. Kuranyi is reportedly happy to stay at the club but he may be forced out so as not to be lost on a free in the summer. Kuranyi told Sky Sports
“I don’t know where I will be playing next season, but I hope it is with Schalke”
Yet McLeish had Kuranyi watched during Schalke’s 2 – 0 victory over Hertha Berlin recently and was impressed with the reports he got on the big man who scored in that game, making the striker an even more appealing option to a club who’ve lacked goals from their strikers so far this season.
But a major setback for the Blues may be Kuranyi’s wage demands with the News of the World reporting that the striker would ask for wages of around £130,000 a week which would make him by far the most well paid player at the club and could be a reason for McLeish to pull out of the deal as it could cause unrest amongst the other Birmingham players.
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