Date: 15th January 2017 at 2:09pm
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Gianfranco Zola has turned his attention to Derby County’s Johnny Russell in his attempt to lure a striker to Birmingham City, according to the Derby Telegraph.

Russell, a Scotland international, has scored 28 goals in 100 league starts for the Rams. After losing his place in the squad under former manager Nigel Pearson, the Glasweigan forced his way back into contention under current boss Steve McClaren.

Russell played a big part in getting McClaren’s second reign at the club off to a perfect start by scoring the winner against Leeds United back in October after being introduced as a second half substitute. Since then, his involvement in the team hasn’t been on a consistent basis with Abdoul Camara and Matej Vydra also competing for places.

The Derby Telegraph report – ‘Birmingham boss Gianfranco Zola would like to add the Scotland international to his squad’.

With Clayton Donaldson sidelined through injury, Zola’s squad has only two fit strikers – Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams. Russell, who can also play in both wide berths, is contracted at Pride Park until the summer of 2018 but carries a market value of around £1.5 million.

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6 Replies to “Blues eyeing up Derby County striker”

  • Its fair to say we need to add at least one striker but I don’t think this one is any better than what we already have or is the type of player Zola would be looking at.

  • To be fair Russell is capable but plays on the wing at times in and out of matches which stunts his goal totals …would he be a good foil for the Juke ..Possibly …I think the problem could be that we need too many players to make the squad sound , with a 33% shortfall in a transfer pot …

  • Talk of Vaughan coming back ain’t doing it for me ,, in fact it seems like dust under the carpet every time we talk strikers ..With 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw there is only one end to get right first …And play… cotts …Gardner …Adams …And Davis in midfield ..

  • We need a better stricker than that. We need one that puts the ball in the back of the net. Not wide or over all the time.

  • Vaughan would be the answer that every bluenose has been wanting to hear from TTA. That would be a sign of the ambition being set.

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