Robert Earnshaw has reportedly been turned down in his second request for a transfer away from West Bromwich Albion. The latest rejection could scupper any plans Birmingham City may have to lure the striker across the city.
Steve Bruce, the Blues manager, is believed to be keeping tabs on Earnshaw's situation at The Hawthorns but Bryan Robson has reiterated that the Wales international was staying put.
However, Albion might consider an over the odds offer, but that is likely to rule Birmingham out as Bruce is unlikely to be able to spend £3 million on the 24-year-old.
Also, Robson would be reluctant to offload a proven Premiership goalscorer to one of his relegation rivals and Bruce may have to turn his attentions to Izale McLeod, who is also wanted by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Robson will lose Diomansy Kamara and Kanu next month as the African Nations Cup kicks off and he will be reluctant to lose any of his strikers until he can further replenish his strike force.
There have been strong rumours emanating from Yorkshire that Geoff Horsfield could well be a loan target for Sheffield United, but that is unlikely to happen.
However, the Blades are preparing a bid somewhere in the region of £1.1 million to bolster their own promotion charge and test Albion's resolve.
Meanwhile, moving back to St. Andrew's and Bruce confessed to surprise at stories linking Njazi Kuqi with a move to Aberdeen.
Bruce bought the 22-year-old Finnish striker 12 months ago for a fee of £750,000, but he has yet to feature in the first-team squad.
His chances appear to be limited at present and Bruce admits that he would consider loaning out the towering target man to aid his development.
"It would be great for Njazi to go out on loan and gain some valuable experience like a number of our other young players have done," said Bruce. "We are looking to help him out. However, I spoke to Aberdeen's manager on Friday and he didn't mention the possibility of taking Njazi on loan at this time."