Blues switch from Vieira to Ferguson

ALEX McLeish has launched his move to end Barry Ferguson's Rangers hell and hand him a second crack at the Premier League. (The Sun)The Birmingham boss has enquired about the 31-year-old midfielder - and it's understood he's set to table a �1million bid this week.

ALEX McLeish has launched his move to end Barry Ferguson's Rangers hell and hand him a second crack at the Premier League. (The Sun)

The Birmingham boss has enquired about the 31-year-old midfielder - and it's understood he's set to table a �1million bid this week.

He confirmed: “The one thing I do know about him is that he will take the ball all day long and I need somebody like that, whether it's Barry or somebody else.

“But Barry is definitely someone that we have given consideration to, amongst others.”

Fergie's Ibrox future has been in doubt since he was fined and stripped of the captaincy following the Bevvygate scandal which rocked Scottish football back in April.

Gers are keen to raise some much needed funds and would be more than willing to flog Fergie this summer.

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Birmingham had made an ambitious bid to sign former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira from Inter Milan but the French international rejected the move to St Andrew's.

Now the Midlands club have set their sights on Ferguson and are hoping to tempt the ex-Blackburn Rovers ace back down south as he looks to bolster his squad.

McLeish stressed: “I don't want to commit myself right away to the midfield situation because there is still a wee bit to go, a little bit of work to be done.

“We hope to bring in a midfielder of real quality, who can go anywhere in the league and not be fazed by taking the ball.

“You never know, maybe I could target a couple - Ferguson could be one.

“We also have others in the pipeline we have been working hard on.

“Ferguson has come late in the day in terms of knowing that he is now available. But we are not making our mind up right now.”

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