Date: 25th May 2006 at 3:27pm
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David Gold has assured Blues fans that they do not have to let go of their main players.

Emile Heskey has been linked with several clubs, including a £3.5million move to Blackburn with Mark Hughes looking to replace Paul Dickov who turned down the chance of a new contract.

Jermaine Pennant’s name has also done the rounds in the transfer window gossip despite the fact the player has already said he is happy to stay and help Birmingham City back into the Premiership .

Gold says they don’t have to sell these players but if they do all the money raised will be put straight back into team re-building.

Gold said: ‘Imagine the impact the likes of Emile Heskey, Jermaine Pennant, Mikael Forssell and a fit David Dunn would have as an attacking force for us next season? We have let players go and four or five will be coming in but do not have to sell people like Emile and Jermaine. Obviously, they would prefer to stay in the Premiership. That’s where we would prefer to be.’

‘We hope no-one comes in for them but if they do and we sell them, then the money can be used for strengthening. Hopefully Steve Bruce, who has shown before he has strong persuasive powers in getting people like Christophe Dugarry and Chris Sutton here, will be able to convince them they can achieve that aim by remaining at Birmingham and getting us promoted.’

Emile Heskey hasn’t commented but we all know that most players want to stay in the Premiership if and when they are given the chance.