Selling Jerome would be simply bonkers, McLeish cautions his Birmingham bosses

22 January 2011 10:59
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has warned club owner Carson Yeung itwould be 'madness' to sell £4million striker Cameron Jerome while theteam are crying out for more firepower. [LNB]McLeish's comments, made after the thumping defeat at ManchesterUnited, highlighted a growing rift between the Scottish manager and hisbosses after a frustrating January transfer window in which Birminghamhave missed out on targets Kenny Miller and Robbie Keane. [LNB] McLeish, who takes his side into a Carling Cup semi-final second leg against West Ham on Wednesday night trailing 2-1 from the first game, is working under strict financial restraints at St Andrew's and could see Stoke's interest in Jerome as the final straw. [LNB]He said last night: 'There hasn't been a bid for Jerome that I know of. Letting somebody go before we bring anyone in would be madness.[LNB] 'Jerome is quick, he is strong, he has his positives. We have created chances this season but not been prolific in finishing them off.'[LNB] Instead, McLeish is eager to add a striker to a side who have scored just 21 goals in 22 games.[LNB] 'We are still trying to bring in a face, particularly in the front area to bring a goal threat,' he said. 'You can only keep trying. God loves a trier and I will go right to the death to bring someone in to enhance the forward areas. [LNB]'People will ask after taking a drubbing today if it will affect our confidence. We were too apprehensive against United but we have a group of players capable of bouncing back.'[LNB] Manchester United 5 Birmingham 0: Dimitar Berbatov hits another hat-trick in Reds rout'£4m for Adam: what a laugh!' Blackpool boss Holloway dismisses Liverpool bidBIRMINGHAM CITY FC: All the latest news from across the web[LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People: Robbie Keane, Alex McLeish Places: Birmingham

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