Blues reaffirm January plans

Birmingham City vice-chairman Sammy Yu has reiterated that Alex McLeish will be given money to spend on bringing up to five new players to St Andrew's next month.

When new owner Carson Yeung completed his takeover he promised that McLeish would be handed a £40million war-chest to ensure the Blues stayed in the Premier League.

Even though City have garnered 11 points from a possible 15 since losing at Arsenal in mid-October, an influx of new players in January seems certain.

Yu told the Birmingham Mail:"Our priority now is to strengthen the team and make sure it stays in the Premier League.

"By the end of January, you never know. It could be that something unexpected has happened. Subject to this priority, within the budget, we will do what we can do.

"If a top-class player who is really keen because they know we are going forward, came over to us and talked, and we were sure their attitude was right, everything was right, even if they were expensive, we might concede that we need them as well.

"Our door is always open. First and foremost, everything that will be done will be done with the best interests of the club in mind.

"It doesn't matter what positions players are, what sort of conditions they are asking for, as long as they are right. That's the main thing.

"It's no point buying someone who is cheap or is expensive if they are not going to fit in. As for how many players, we totally understand that if it means two, three, four – even five – that it is not an issue. If they have ability, quality, the character and attitude – that's what counts."

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