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McLeish to be prudent with Birmingham war chest

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish insists the Blues will not be held to ransom when signing players after Carson Yeung vowed to spend up to £40million in January. McLeish is delighted to have funds at his disposal but will not allow other clubs to take advantage of his new found spending clout.

He said: "We will not be held to ransom and pay over the odds because that is the road to ruin.

"If, for example, we are competing with a club and have to pay a little bit more to acquire a player we want, then we may look at that - but not if the selling club decide to double the price.

"I think we still have to realise we are not Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool. Let's not get carried away with ourselves.

"We will still target a certain type of player but I know there are players out there who can enhance my first eleven and they would be within reasonable parameters.

"But we are not going to go out and look for an Adebayor all of a sudden. I come from a prudent background and worked at clubs where I turned the lights off in every room."



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