Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has served notice of his intention to bolster his side’s attacking credentials by completing the loan signing of the highly-rated Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair.
And within hours of sealing the Sinclair deal, Rangers confirmed Blues had made an approach for prolific striker Kris Boyd.
The brief statement from Ibrox appeared to indicate a willingness to sell Boyd should Blues meet Rangers’ valuation.
The Glasgow giants rejected a £2.5million offer from Cardiff before the season started, but reports from north of the border claim Birmingham are set to succeed with an offer worth up to £4million.
Boyd has been Rangers’ top scorer for three consecutive seasons, including the 2005-06 campaign, despite joining the club on January 1.
The 25-year-old has scored 91 goals for the Ibrox side despite struggling to become a regular starter under Paul Le Guen and Walter Smith.
However, he has enjoyed a lengthy run in the first team this season, especially after quitting the Scotland set-up as he struggled to impress George Burley.
Boyd has netted 20 goals this term from a total of 20 starts and three substitute appearances.
The 19-year-old Sinclair moves to St Andrew’s on an initial one-month loan deal through to February 3 making the player available up to, and including, the trip to Crystal Palace.
Sinclair has made four appearances for Felipe Scolari’s side so far this season, with his most recent outing coming during last weekend’s 1-1 FA Cup draw against Southend.
The Bath-born starlet joined Chelsea from Bristol Rovers as a 16-year-old and during his time with the west Londoners he has had several periods out on loan in order to gain valuable first team experience.
The England U19 international, who signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea in August 2007, spent two months at Crystal Palace last season, following on from a month at Charlton. Sinclair has also enjoyed temporary spells with Queens Park Rangers and Plymouth Argyle.
Sinclair, who will wear squad number 19 for the Blues, is regarded as an attacking winger who is capable of contributing with his own share of goals.
Sinclair becomes McLeish’s third signing of the January transfer window following the permanent captures of midfielder Keith Fahey and winger Robin Shroot from St Patrick’s Athletic and non-league Harrow Borough respectively.
n On a busy day for wheeling and dealing between the Midlands and Glasgow, Rangers striker Alan Gow’s agent claims the player has agreed a deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 26-year-old has been in talks with the Coca-Cola Championship leaders since Rangers accepted an offer at the weekend.
His agent, Phil McTaggart, expects Gow to complete his switch later this week.
“Alan has agreed terms with Wolves after talks with the club,” said McTaggart.
“He has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal and the move will be completed pending a medical later this week.
“Alan has been impressed by the ambition of Wolves and is hoping to help them in their bid to win promotion to the Premier League.”
Gow played just two games for Rangers – both cup ties against lower league opposition – after joining them from Falkirk on a free transfer in the summer of 2007.
However, he scored five goals in 17 matches in a successful loan spell at Blackpool this season, and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy moved quickly to sign Gow at the second attempt.
McCarthy had a bid for the former Clydebank and Airdrie forward rejected by Falkirk two years ago.
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