Birmingham on brink of Jiranek deal

Spartak Moscow defender Martin Jiranek is on the brink of a deal with Birmingham City.

Spartak Moscow defender Martin Jiranek is on the brink of a deal with Birmingham City.

PA Sport says the 31-year-old's contract with the Russian club expires in December and Blues boss Alex McLeish is thought to be keen on adding the versatile defender to his squad before the transfer window shuts.

Should the 6ft 3in defender sign for the midlands outfit before Tuesday's 6pm deadline, he will provide competition for centre-backs Roger Johnson, Scott Dann and Liam Ridgewell, although Czech international Jiranek can also play at full-back.