Birmingham City could be bolstered by two new additions when they resume their Championship campaign at Burnley after the international break.
West Ham midfielder Nigel Quashie took a step closer to securing a loan move to St Andrew’s after he came through another reserve game at Wast Hills on Wednesday and manager Alex McLeish is also considering a move for winger Souleymane Mamam, who has been on trial at the club for several weeks.
Scotland international Quashie could join Blues for an initial month with a view to a longer stay. The 30-year-old former West Bromwich Albion midfielder is looking to resurrect his career which has stagnated at the Boleyn Ground.
A foot injury prevented him from making a single appearance last season and McLeish wants him to prove his fitness before agreeing to a longer stay at St Andrew’s.
The deal with the Hammers could be completed before Blues face Burnley at Turf Moor.
Togo international Mamam has impressed during his trial with Blues. The former Manchester United winger has played in two behind-closed-doors friendlies, against Northampton Town and Aston Villa, and scored in both games.
The 23-year-old right-sided midfielder is out of contract after leaving Royal Antwerp in the summer and is due a Belgian passport in the next few weeks, but McLeish says he wants to see him in action one more time when Blues play host to Manchester City’s Reserve side at St Andrew’s next Tuesday.
“He’s been with us a while and he’s still training with us,” McLeish said. “We’ve a game next week and we’ll make a decision after that.
“We have been impressed with his touch. He’s a clever player. I’m not sure how dynamic he can be, but he can take a touch with his back to play, he can take the ball. He looks athletic enough to get out from the midfield, like Larsson and Agustien were able to do at the weekend in that kind of three against QPR.”
Mamam was signed by United from his Togo club La Semeuse Lomé in 2003. However, work permit regulations meant that it was not possible for him to play in the United Kingdom and he was immediately sent on loan to play at Royal Antwerp until he was eligible for a Belgian passport.
At the end of the 2006-07 season, after four seasons of playing for Antwerp as a loanee, Manchester United decided not to renew his contract, and he signed a permanent one-year deal with the Belgium club.