Lee Bowyer has joined Birmingham City on-loan until the end of the season but he won’t feature at Blackpool on Saturday.
The deal for the West Ham midfielder was still being tied up this afternoon meaning it would not be completed in time for Bowyer to make the squad for the trip to Bloomfield Road.
‘‘Lee’s a dynamic player and I want to bring a dynamic look back to the team,’’ said manager Alex McLeish.
‘‘Roy Aitken, one of my assistants, has worked with him (at Leeds) and knows him as an attacking midfielder but he also knows Lee can give a lot to the team as well.”
McLeish has boosted his midfield ranks with five extra bodies since the January transfer window opened – Keith Fahey, Robin Shroot, Scott Sinclair, Hameur Bouazza and Bowyer – and that will now cast a doubt over a number of players.
Bowyer’s Hammers colleague Nigel Quashie is the most likely candidate to be axed.
The ex-Scotland midfielder’s third and final month-long loan spell is due to end after next Saturday’s match with Cardif.
If McLeish wanted to keep Quashie he would have to sign him permanently and that prospect looks unlikely as a centre-back is next on his list.