Birmingham plot £5million swoop for Italian ace
Published 23:00 14/06/10 By James Nursey
Birmingham's move for Italian striker Fabrizio Miccoli is set to push Kevin Phillips out of the exit door.
Brum are closing in on making Palermo hitman Miccoli, 30, their third big summer signing in a £5million deal.
Miccoli, who bagged 19 goals in Serie A last term, is set to join fellow City new boys Nikola Zigic and Ben Foster.
Miccoli will compete with City strikers Zigic, Cameron Jerome, James McFadden and Garry O'Connor.
But out-of-contract veteran Phillips, 36, is preparing to leave on a Bosman when Miccoli, who is a similar diminutive poacher, arrives.
Brum boss Alex McLeish is a big fan of Phillips and would ideally like to retain him to use him from the bench.
But City officials feel the striker’s £20,000-a-week wages are not justifiable for a squad player.
Birmingham are still in the running to sign Fulham defender Paul Konchesky, 29, for around £2m.
And they haven’t given up on Wigan’s 23-year-old winger Charles N’Zogbia.
Brum have withdrawn their £8m bid for N’Zogbia as Wigan want £10m and now hope the ace will lobby for a move to St Andrews.