Egypt striker Mido's proposed move to Birmingham is close to collapse, according to the Premiership club's manager Steve Bruce.
Birmingham had agreed a six million pounds fee with Tottenham to sign Mido, but the deal has reportedly faltered over the player's wages and the length of contract he is demanding.
Bruce, who is also trying to sign Mido's Egyptian team-mate Hossam Ghaly from Tottenham, isn't confident the situation can be rescued. "You could say that both deals have been stuttering a bit, but the Mido one is a million miles away from happening," he said.
"It's more than just personal terms. There are a few issues. It's a big blow and I have felt better. The more quality players you can sign, the better, the boss added. "It looks as if we're really struggling with the Mido deal and I might have to look elsewhere."
Bruce's move for Ghaly had also been hit by the player's wage demands but the Blues chief is still hopeful that deal will be completed.
"As for Ghaly, it's faltering a little but I'm still hopeful of reviving that deal. I haven't given up hope," he added.