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No Camoranesi, Dembele for Blues

August 12, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Birmingham City have ended their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, while Alex McLeish has also confirmed that Belgium striker Moussa Dembele has turned the club down.

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GettyImagesMauro Camoranesi is one of several Argentine players to have played for Italy

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Camoranesi, who was a member of Italy's World Cup squad, travelled to England to discuss a move to St Andrew's but returned to Italy without undertaking a medical and without reaching an agreement.

McLeish said: "I have always been a big admirer but negotiations became protracted and I had a further think. I decided it was not quite the way forward for Birmingham at this particular time."

The midfielder's agent, Sergio Fortunato, has lashed out at Vlado Borozan, claiming the FIFA agent is the reason the World Cup winner's move to Birmingham fell through. Borozan was acting for Blues in Italy. Borozan revealed that the deal was off for reasons he could not disclose, something which has elicited a wave of fury from Fortunato.

"I don't understand the words of this man (Borozan). If he knows the reasons for the break in negotiations and can't say, it's better for him to shut up,'' Fortunato told Sky Italia. "There is only one truth: first they told us that Camoranesi would earn so much, then when we went to Birmingham that figure became half.

"If I organise a meeting in Turin and they tell me a figure, then I meet with Juve and come to an agreement with them, then I go to England and they tell me another number then the deal is blown. It's not like we went to Birmingham with Camoranesi for a walk. You can see that this guy is not accustomed to dealing with important players. Things changed there.

"He should take responsibility for what he said because I know what they wrote to me, I still have the piece of paper with what this Borozan, I don't even know his name, offered. When I went there everything had changed. That's not right.

"The truth is this. If he came here and told us what they could really give to Camoranesi, we would have considered it. Instead he turned the cards on the table. So he should not come out and say these things.''

Fortunato, who said in another interview that the discrepancy is down to taxes, added that Camoranesi could now stay in Turin.

"How are we going to resolve it all? I don't know,'' he added. "It's not in our hands anymore. We have done everything we could. We went to Birmingham and everything seemed settled, Camo talked with the coach, then this happened.

"If it doesn't happen with Birmingham, it's not a problem, we'll find another solution. Everyone knows Camoranesi in the world. Will he stay at Juve? I'm not ruling that out, I'm not ruling out anything, how can I rule out something?''

Birmingham were also interested in AZ Alkmaar star Dembele but he has chosen to pursue a move to an alternative club, believed to be Premier League rivals West Ham.

McLeish said: "Dembele has got other options and he is choosing another option. His representative had told me that. It is a blow because we have worked hard on that one - but that's life."