â€śIt was a tough one to do yesterday, it was put to me very late,â€ť revealed McLeish in the Birmingham Mail.
â€śEmana is a player I watched when he was at Toulouse. He went to Real Betis for big money and they want big money now for him.
â€śThey wanted to sell him. We had a stab at getting him on loan because we felt Betis wouldnâ€™t want to go through D-Day without getting him off the wages.
â€śIt was an ambitious effort and I thank the board for trying to go for it. We didnâ€™t quite do it, however.
â€śHeâ€™s a different player to Tainio. More a middle to front, an attacking type. Heâ€™s strong and it would have been interesting to see him in England.â€ť
So one to consider in the future?
â€śPossibly further down the line, you never know,â€ť said McLeish. â€śWe will see what develops over the course of this season. Hopefully, the lads will continue to show the belief they have in the opening games, then thereâ€™s no reason why we canâ€™t look to invest in players like Emana.â€ť