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Eck warns Birmingham over need for major transfer spending

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has warned his board they need to spend big this summer to be ready for their Premiership return.

He said: "When you bring in free transfers and you dabble in loan signings it's a little bit like car-crash management, the infrastructure is much more difficult.

"It's not necessarily a recipe for success just to pay wages, you have to invest in the transfer market."

Brum have made an instant return to the top. But McLeish finished with six loan players in the squad, having also recruited veterans Lee Carsley, Kevin Phillips, Stephen Carr and Ulises de la Cruz on frees.

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