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By ESPN Staff
Jan 24, 2006

Bruce plans another raid on the Old Firm

Steve Bruce is stepping up his bid to complete a double Glasgow capture for Birmingham by attempting to sign Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands.

Bruce is keen to land the Danish international after having already beaten off the interest of several Barclays Premiership clubs to sign Chris Sutton from Celtic a fortnight ago.

Birmingham will pull out all of the stops to try to land Lovenkrands who is out of contract in the summer and can now talk to clubs outside Scotland.

Bruce believes Lovenkrands provides a different style of striker to Emile Heskey, Sutton and fit-again Mikael Forssell with his pace - plus a proven goalscoring record.

The City chief said: 'We are monitoring people that are out of contract in the summer. We've got to be doing that and Lovenkrands comes into that category.

'He is able to speak to other clubs now because of the Bosman ruling and he is a player that we are interested in.

'He has been on fire for the last few weeks and we are interested but we've got to make sure the bring the right individuals into the club.

'In an ideal world, I would like a fourth striker, someone a bit different to the other three we have got, with a bit of pace and a proven goalscoring record.'

It is understood a fee of around £500,000 would secure Lovenkrands' services if he decided or was allowed to leave Rangers now rather than in the summer.

In an ideal world Bruce would also like to sign Charlton's attacking midfielder Jason Euell and a fee of £1.5million was agreed between the clubs a week ago.

But Bruce has only limited funds at his disposal and he also has to consider his defensive options given that skipper Kenny Cunningham could be out for a month with a groin injury.

Fellow centre-back Martin Taylor is also battling to be fit for Saturday's FA Cup clash at Reading because of a leg injury.

Bruce said: 'I'm a big admirer of Jason Euell and I'd still like to do something there but we've got to make sure the rest of the squad is okay.'