Robin Shroot was today set to complete his transfer from non-league to Blues.
A nominal fee with AFC Wimbledon has been agreed for the Northern Ireland under-21 international, who underwent a medical last night.
Shroot, 20, has been playing for Harrow Borough on a non-contract basis after a falling out, but AFC Wimbledon held his registration.
He impressed Alex McLeish during a trial period at Wast Hills.
“He’s a very interesting player,” said the Blues boss. “He came and trained with us, right into the first team group, and he played in a bounce game (versus Cheltenham Town) in the wide area and I loved the fact that he got into good positions from there, intelligent positions.
“He’s not a blinding, old-fashioned winger who goes by people with ease, gets to the byline and puts crosses in.
“He’s more an inter-active player, easy on the eye, who takes the ball. He’s two-footed, a guy who takes a touch with people right up his backside, and that impressed me. I felt he was worth a chance.”
Shroot has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal, with a 12-month option.
Meanwhile, Bolton Wanderers have recalled defender Nicky Hunt from his loan spell, due to suspension and injury concerns.
Hunt’s stay was due to expire after the trip to Blackpool on January 10 but he wasn’t eligible to play in the FA Cup tie versus Wolves on Saturday.
Hunt made 11 appearances for Blues and McLeish was mulling over an eventual permanent deal, even though Stuart Parnaby had kept Hunt out of the side in the last three matches.