Although proceedings at St Andrews during the past week have been somewhat overshadowed by the Blues’ law suit against former owners David Sullivan and David Gold – concerning the chaotic state of the club’s finances when current owner Carson Yeung inherited it, beneath it all Alex Mcleish has been a busy man.
When you wade through all the petty squabbling at boardroom level and tedious corporate greed, you might notice that the Scot has parted with almost £10m to bring in goalkeeper Ben Foster and Serbian forward Nicola Zigic. Former England custodian Foster has come in to replace Joe Hart following his return to Eastlands after unceremoniously being shown the door at Old Trafford whilst Zigic might have a girl’s name, but at 6ft 8, he is one inch taller than beanpole Peter Crouch and is almost certainly now the Premiership’s tallest player.
Elsewhere, Joe Ledley has been touted as Birmingham’s third signing of the summer and will be out of contract with Cardiff in only a couple of day’s time. Unless the Welsh club can tempt the 23-year-old to stay on for another crack at winning promotion from the Championship next season, which he has already rejected out-of-hand, the midfielder will be free to leave (well for small compensation fee anyway) for higher climbs.
Rumours still persist that Birmingham will make an audacious bid for Fulham duo Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky. The Blues were given short shrift recently for making a move on the pair but with only a year left on either player’s contracts, the London club will have to start listening to offers soon if they are to be properly reimbursed for breaking up their heroic Europa League side.