Monday, January 14, 2008
Birmingham close in on McFadden
Birmingham are closing in on signing Everton striker James McFadden, with the clubs reportedly close to agreeing a fee of around £5.5million.
Birmingham have had bids of £2.5million and £3million rejected for the
Scotland international but it is understood further negotiations have brought
the two clubs close to reaching an agreement.
Everton value McFadden, who has struggled to hold down a regular place this
season, at around £5million.
If he moves to St Andrews it will mean him being reunited with former Scotland
manager and current Blues boss Alex McLeish who had made the player one of his
main targets during the January transfer window.
McFadden will also link up again with Scotland striker Garry O'Connor who
moved to Blues from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £2.65 million deal last summer.
A source close to Birmingham said: 'The two clubs have moved closer to
reaching an agreement and something could be done by the weekend. You wouldn't
be far wrong in saying that.'
O'Connor said: 'James McFadden is an unbelievable talent. If we could manage
to lure him to Birmingham then he would be a fantastic signing.
'He has worked for the gaffer before and to get him here would be great
because he's top class.
'If he came here he would score goals, as he has already done in the Premier
League, and at national level, and he would be a great success and help the
'I think the move might appeal to him. There are a lot of people after his
signature but I think if we stump up £5million we would get him.
'That would be the price. Whether the funds are there I don't know, but
hopefully the chairman and the board can give the gaffer some money.'
McLeish has confirmed his interest in McFadden, who shot to prominence after
scoring the goal which earned Scotland a shock win over France in Paris in a
Euro 2008 qualifier.
It is understood agreement has also been reached with Hibernian for left-back
David Murphy although Wigan and Bolton are also in the hunt for the player.