Steve Bruce has admitted that Birmingham City made an inquiry about Wigan Athletic’s versatile Ryan Taylor.
However, Blues manager Alex McLeish was covering all bases as Bolton Wanderers’ Nicky Hunt was his first choice to fill the void caused by injuries to Stuart Parnaby and Stephen Kelly.
Taylor, who scored both goals in a 2-0 Blues defeat at the JJB Stadium in April that did so much to push them towards the Premier League relegation trap door, is capable of playing at either full-back berth, or in midfield.
There were suggestions that Wigan wanted Blues to take Taylor in part-exchange for Olivier Kapo in the summer, but in the end a straight £3.25?million deal was agreed.
“There have been a couple of inquiries,” said Bruce.
“I believe there was a little interest from Birmingham, but they have probably gone for Hunt because he has been playing regularly.”
Taylor has made just one brief substitute appearances for the Latics, in the 4-0 home defeat by Villa at the end of last month, after sustaining a shin injury at the start of the season.
He is out of contract in the summer and Bruce said he wanted Taylor to stay, but would allow him a temporary move.
“It is a big time for him because he is out of contract in the summer. But I like him, I like to have him round the place and I like his ability.
“He just needs to get games under his belt because it has been such a frustrating time for the kid.
“He wants to play football. He came to speak to me last week and we had a conversation about it.
“I said if there was something that would be a benefit for him and a benefit for us then I would have no problem with it, no objection at all. If he can go out and play some football and come back after a month having had a run of games it could suit everyone.”
On-loan Hunt will keep his place in the Blues side at Nottingham Forest on Saturday as Kelly, who tore a thigh muscle in September, is still not quite ready.
Parnaby faces up to a month on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
It promises to be a fascinating match in the wake of Blues’ back-to-back defeats and Forest’s improvement in form.
They have perked up after a disastrous start to the season.
Forest slumped to bottom of the table and went 11 games without a win before triumphing at Crystal Palace.
That was followed-up by a hardy draw at East Midlands rivals Derby County, albeit in controversial circumstances when a stoppage-time Rams winner was notoriously ruled out by referee Stuart Attwell.
Forest had Lewis McGugan sent-off for a reckless challenge and he begins his three-match ban on Saturday.
n?Coventry City manager Chris Coleman is hopeful that a deal can be done with Hartlepool United to keep Kevin Kyle at the League One club until January.
Coleman said: “The chairman is talking to Hartlepool to see if we can sort something out. Kevin wants to stay there and there is no point in him coming back here because he is not going to play.”