Birmingham boss Alex McLeish turns his attention to Marc Janko
Published 23:00 01/12/09 By MirrorFootball
Alex McLeish is ready to launch a £6million bid for Austrian striker Marc Janko.
Birmingham City boss McLeish has up to £40m to spend in the January transfer window from new owner Carson Yeung.
And he has turned his attentions to the Red Bull Salzburg hit-man after losing out on Milan Jovanovic.
Standard Liege striker Jovanovic is out of contract in the summer and Blues were hoping to tie up a deal for the Serbian international after he made it clear he is ready to quit Belgian football.
But Jovanovic has made it clear to Birmingham’s negotiators that he is only prepared to move to a club in the Champions League.
McLeish will now try to lure Janko away from Salzburg and is considering a trip to watch the striker in Europa League action against Lazio tonight.
Janko has already hit 10 goals this season and helped Salzburg to within a point of the knock-out stages of the European competition.
McLeish knows he faces a tough test persuading Salzburg to sell, while they are still chasing their European dream.
But he is determined to do all he can to bolster Birmingham’s squad when the window opens next month.
“We are looking to establish ourselves in the Premier League this season. That is our main priority and we are working towards that,” said McLeish.
“I am looking to bring in two, or three quality players in the January window that will help us do that.”
Janko turned down the chance to move to Fulham on a season-long loan in the summer.
And he also opted against a move to Blackburn Rovers in June, after Sam Allardyce identified him as the perfect replacement for Roque Santa Cruz.