Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish admits he tried to sign striker Mikael Forssell when he was in charge of Rangers.

"We knew the ballpark figure and [Rangers owner] David Murray was prepared to back me," said Eck. "I am not sure Mikael knew how strong our interest was but I know his agents are very close to David Murray.

"But we heard that he had such a good time here at Birmingham that he felt it was part of him and he was comfortable coming back here.

"It was a blow but then he had a bad injury."