Blues give up on Pav
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has accepted defeat in his attempts to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. McLeish will instead turn his attention to bringing in a "trophy loan signing" after Spurs rejected Blues' offers - believed to be around £10m - for the Russia frontman.
McLeish currently has only two strikers as his disposal in Cameron Jerome and Christian Benitez because of injuries to Kevin Phillips. McLeish said after Blues' 1-1 draw with Tottenham this afternoon: "It looks like the deal is dead in the water for Pavlyuchenko. It looks like we are not going to get the trophy signing we thought we might. But I think we have offered enough.
"We may now try and get a trophy signing on loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer. We are in a position where we don't need to break the bank with Carson Yeung's money."
Tottenham, meanwhile, have confirmed the signing of Portsmouth centre-half Younes Kaboul, but Harry Redknapp acknowledges that attempts to sign goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from the Fratton Park club have hit a snag.
Redknapp said: "There is a big problem in terms of the goalkeeper and I think Stoke are in there. I think he has changed his mind. Maybe Stoke have offered him the chance to be the number one there. It looks like he has done an about turn."
Redknapp also revealed the importance of the transfer from Pompey's point of view. He added: "From what I've heard, they needed to sell Kaboul today or face administration. He is a quality player."
In terms of the match, Redknapp was furious after seeing his side concede a last-gasp equaliser to Liam Ridgewell after Jermain Defoe's 17th goal of the season had put the visitors ahead. Redknapp said: "We deserved to win and the goal we gave away was horrendous. We defended poorly.
"Until we went ahead, Birmingham were never in the game, but then we sat off them, invited them on to us and that was the problem."
McLeish felt Ridgewell's goal was poetic justice after City had been beaten by a late goal when the sides met at White Hart Lane earlier in the season. He said: "When we played them there, they hit us with a sucker goal in the last minute against the run of play and we felt very sore about that. Today I am delighted at the way we grabbed a late goal and Harry is probably feeling the way I felt at their place."
Defoe broke the deadlock when he turned the ball home from close range after Peter Crouch had flicked on a cross from the impressive Gareth Bale. But Ridgewell salvaged a point for City after a cross from James McFadden had been headed back across goal by Cameron Jerome. It means that City are now unbeaten in eight home games stretching back to September.