Blues agree £6m Zigic fee – Report

The 6ft 8ins Valencia forward has been on Blues boss Alex McLeish’s

radar for some time and it is understood he is undergoing tests

this evening ahead of a deal worth in the region of £6million

between the clubs. McLeish had been linked with several strikers in

recent weeks including West Ham’s Carlton Cole and Fulham’s Bobby

Zamora. The Scot is maintaining his policy of not commenting on

potential signings until any deal has been completed, although he

confirmed bids have been put in for players. Sources closes to

Blues indicated earlier today the Midlands club are “further down

the line than anybody” in the race to sign the giant 29-year-old,

who has been linked at various times with a host of Premier League

clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool, Stoke, Blackburn, Sunderland,

Aston Villa, Fulham, Everton and Tottenham. McLeish would only say:

“There are irons in the fire. We’ve been linked with one or two

players, we have put in bids for players. “It would be unfair of me

to talk about names at the moment. It would be unfair to the clubs

and also to the fans if things don’t happen. “But I think they will

be excited about one or two of the names we are pursuing and what

we are trying to add to the squad is players of quality.” Zigic has

been tipped by Serbian coach Raddy Antic to be one of the stars of

the forthcoming World Cup and he has netted 16 times in 42

internationals. He initially made his name at Red Star Belgrade

with 71 goals in 110 games before moving to Racing Santander. A

£15million switch to Valencia three years ago has not been

successful as Zigic would have hoped and he even returned to

Santander for a loan spell at one stage. Last season he scored nine

goals in 28 games for Valencia but David Villa was often preferred

as the lone striker before his move to Barcelona. McLeish continues

to be linked with Zamora, while he is understood to have had an

£8million bid for Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia rejected.