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Alex McLeish set for spending spree as Birmingham boss plans assault on January sales

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28 Dec 2010 11:00:04

Alex McLeish set for spending spree as Birmingham boss plans assault on January sales

On the lookout: Birmingham manager McLeish Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is keen to meet the club's owners as soon as possible in an attempt to formulate a transfer strategy for the January window. The Blues are in 17th place in the Premier League, and McLeish will look to meet board members after his team's match against Manchester United on Tuesday night in order to discuss strengthening the squad. He said: 'We have a number of targets, and we will be discussing those this week. 'We've got business in terms of the game, and after that, perhaps we can get a chance to talk - sit down with the board, my chief scout and my coaching staff and see where we go. 'The board and I are working hard to try and enhance the squad, and we will try and do that, whatever way we feel is the best way to give the squad a little bit more quality.' Birmingham left much of their transfer activity to the end of the summer window, signing three players on transfer deadline day. McLeish feels the club need to avoid this in January. 'I'd like to try to do something as quickly as possible,' he said. 'My past experiences of dealing in January are not great - lastminute.com and maybe not getting quite what you were looking for in the first place.' The former Scotland boss feels that while his players would welcome new faces, they are not the only Premier League footballers who would be keen to see some quality players arrive. He said: 'The players want to make sure they're still Premier League players next season, and they want the best help they can get. Target: Spurs striker Keane (left) is being tracked by several top-flight clubs 'I don't think they're the only players looking for help. You see guys like John Terry in newspapers talking about enhancing their squad. 'They'll believe in the cause, but they want the very best for the cause.' Birmingham have been linked with a move for Tottenham forward Robbie Keane, but while McLeish did not rule a move out, he would not comment on individual players. 'I'm not at liberty to speak about other team's players,' he said. 'I don't think that's fair and I think the authorities would frown upon it as well.' One player looking to make an impact in January is Alexander Hleb, after the on-loan playmaker recovered from a hamstring injury picked up in the team's match against Fulham. The Barcelona midfielder may feature on the bench for the match against Manchester United, and McLeish believes he can provide some of the guile that his side require to unlock defences. 'Hopefully Alex will bring something to the table in the second half of the season because he's got undoubted quality,' McLeish said. 'You see what he brought in the first half of the Fulham game, and we're looking for him to do that on a regular basis.'  Birmingham keeper Foster has no regrets over leaving 'cut throat' UnitedBent set for Birmingham exit after McLeish tells him to find a new clubCarew snubs Birmingham and Fulham for a move from Villa to West BromBIRMINGHAM CITY FC


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