Birmingham striking out

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce is hopeful of signing Tottenham midfielder Hossam Ghaly, but his hopes of landing teammate Mido are fading.

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce is hopeful of signing Tottenham midfielder Hossam Ghaly, but his hopes of landing teammate Mido are fading.

The Blues have agreed a £6 million (about R84,7million) fee with Spurs for Mido but the deal has hit several snags.

Bruce said: "You could say that both deals have been stuttering a bit but the Mido one is a million miles away.

"It is more than just personal terms. There are a few issues. As for Ghaly, it's faltering but I am still hopeful."

The Blues boss wants Egyptian forward Mido to supplement his current strike force of Olivier Kapo, Garry O'Connor, Cameron Jerome, Rowan Vine and Mikael Forssell.

If Bruce fails to land Mido, he will continue his pursuit of a striker to provide as many attacking options as possible but he has ruled out a move for Portsmouth's Andy Cole.

Bruce is also keen to bolster his defence and is interested in taking Arsenal's Johan Djourou on loan.

He said: "I've not spoken to Arsenal for a while about Djourou but we will see where we are. We're still hopeful something can be done." - BBC

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