Newcastle United football chief Joe Kinnear attempted to sign one of the club's own players!
Dumbfounded Birmingham officials, realising that Kinnear wasn't joking, then had to point out that Ferguson was in fact on a season-long loan - from Newcastle!
A Birmingham insider confirmed Kinnear's latest embarrassment. He said: "Shane Ferguson had a good game the night Joe watched us. After the match was over he spoke to one of our officials and said he was interested in signing him.
"At first our guy thought he was joking but then he realised Joe didn't know that Ferguson was already a Newcastle player."
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