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Birmingham boss McLeish admits transfer plans far from over

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish says his summer shopping is far from over.

McLeish admits he feels his squad is still short of numbers.

"We are still working on one or two things, there are some options out there we are looking at but, at the moment, there's been no breakthroughs," McLeish told the Birmingham Mail. "With the season looming, we've really got to push on and add more quality. If you analyse what's happened, then all we've done is replace two positions that were vacated at the end of the season.

"As Joe Hart was going back to Manchester City, a goalkeeper was an absolute necessity. It's such an important position, we needed to do that one and we're delighted that we got someone of the calibre of Ben Foster.

"We brought in Nikola Zigic and, again, effectively we spent money there that we would have spent on Christian Benitez, had we decided to take up the loan option.

"So we haven't really enhanced the squad yet, we've replaced players who have left.

"I know Carson Yeung and Peter Pannu have been working hard on trying to secure players we have targeted and, in the current climate, that isn't easy.

"But we all know that we remain short of bodies and need to bring in quality players to help improve this group.

"A couple of forwards and a defender, at least, especially when you look around at this Premier League."

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