He said: "The Mido thing looks dead in the water. We've tried to carry on with it and resurrect things but the more we try the worse it gets. If somebody becomes available and we can afford him, then we will try and act. But, at the moment, my priority has to be at the defensive end.
On the Birmingham board, Bruce added: "They know, they are intelligent enough to understand that the strength of any team is the squad.
"I think we got promoted last season because of the firepower we had. When Nicklas Bendtner went down injured, for example, we went out and got Rowan Vine and Andy Cole. I think it's vitally important we have a few options up front, and all over the place.
"You can see that I am desperately trying to avoid what happened a couple of years ago when four or five got injured and we didn't have enough to cope, we didn't have strength in depth."