Date: 4th May 2017 at 8:18am
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Only Birmingham City can be linked with signing Jermaine Defoe while in the midst of a relegation battle to avoid the drop into the third tier of English football.

But let’s be realistic for a moment. Not since the days of Kevin Phillips have Blues had a prolific goalscorer. Marlon King tried his damnest, and had a pretty decent record. The same can be said for Clayton Donaldson while Lukas Jutkiewicz has never managed to net more than his current haul of 12 in a season.

How this season could have been different with a fox in the box type. How Gianfranco Zola’s tenure could have been different.

Whoever the manager next season, and whatever division Blues are in, a goalscorer is a must. Whether we are fighting for a play off place – a back door to the Premier League – with Harry Redknapp in charge, or whether Blues are battling to climb out of League One, their successes will require a man who can stick the ball in the onion bag.

Is Zlatan available?

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