It was hardly the transfer news ardent Bluenoses must be craving but Birmingham-City did conclude two pieces of business yesterday when midfielder Mehdi Nafti completed his permanent switch to St Andrew's and Dwight Yorke was formally unveiled Down Under at Sydney FC.
Nafti, aged 26, has joined Blues on a three-year deal from Spanish side Racing Santander for an undisclosed fee after a successful five-month loan spell at the club last term.
However the Tunisian, who made ten appearances for Bluesin 2004-5, is not due to return to Wast Hills with the rest of the club's squad next Wednesday morning for the start of pre-season training.
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce has given him an extension to his summer break after a busy summer of football, competing in World Cup qualifiers for Tunisia and in the Fifa Confederations Cup in Germany.
Yorke, meanwhile, says he could retire from football in two years' time, when his contract with Sydney expires.
The 33-year-old, who made only four Premiership starts for Blues last term, said: "I may come to a decision that I don't want to be playing football anymore after the next two years."
Across the city, meanwhile, Aston Villa manager David O'Leary believes new signing Kevin Phillips could be the striker to solve the club's worrying lack of goals.
Villa managed only 45 in 38 Premiership matches last season while finishing tenth, but O'Leary believes Phillips will ensure there is no repeat of that worrying statistic.
The 31-year-old, who cost £1 million from Southampton, certainly has an impressive scoring record after winning the European Golden Boot during his time at Sunderland.
O'Leary expects the forward to produce his fair share of goals after Juan Pablo Angel, Darius Vassell and Carlton Cole mustered a meagre 16 among them last term.
O'Leary said: "Kevin has got plenty of experience, he scores goals and I have no doubt he'll come in and do a good job for us - he really is a good addition.
"We have to admit that we struggled on the goalscoring side of things last season.
"Kevin will, hopefully, help us put that right next season."
Phillips is O'Leary's fourth signing of the summer and the Villa boss has praised operations director Steve Stride for running the club smoothly in the absence of chairman Doug Ellis, who is recovering at home following a triple heart bypass operation.
O'Leary added: "Steve's done a fantastic job. He's got the players in for me and we're still working hard together.
"I identified the players we needed and they've delivered four of them already. I'm delighted with the way things have gone so far this summer and Steve deserves a lot of credit for that.
"The chairman's illness meant he was left with a lot on his plate but we've spoken constantly and he's delivered the goods."
The club confirmed yesterday that former chief executive Bruce Langham, who quit in May, has formally resigned from the board.