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Birmingham boss McLeish: We need a new striker

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish says that he is keen to sign a new striker during the transfer window and has one or two targets in mind.

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, Rangers' Kris Boyd and Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones have all been linked with a move to St Andrew's, McLeish would not name any names when asked about his transfer plans.

"I am trying my best (to sign a new striker)," he said in the Daily Express. "I have asked the board for one or two players and I'm waiting on the go-ahead.

"I've told them who I want and it's up to them now. I'm not going to say any names, but we've certainly targeted one or two pretty decent centre-forwards. We need to help the rest of the squad by bringing in another striker.

"I've always said that I didn't need to spend £20 million or £40 million. But we need to spend some money. We need a striker. We were running on empty at the weekend, when a 17-year-old (Jake Jervis) came on late in the game. It's great for the kid but we need to bolster the squad."

Birmingham are unbeaten in their last 15 matches and McLeish has a reported £40 million to spend before the end of January, although he maintains he will make the final decisions.

He added: "The board have put lots of players' names to me, but it's along the lines of, 'what do you think?' It's not, 'We want you to take this guy.' I don't know enough about these players, I don't know if they can settle. I want to bring in players that I know and am sure will make this club better."

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