Date: 2nd August 2009 at 5:25pm
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Birmingham hope to find out in the next 48 hours whether Arsenal will allow them to sign defender Armand Traore on loan.

Blues boss Alex McLeish wants to end a problem he has with the left back position with David Murphy and Franck Queudrue currently not fit.

Stuart Parnaby has been covering during the majority of pre-season.

McLeish said: ‘I don’t want to upset Arsene Wenger by speaking (about Traore). I also see he has got a couple of injuries himself, like Gael Clichy, so I hope that’s not ominous.

‘We’ve got other targets but we want to bring in a bit of quality for the position.

‘It’s not a bottomless pit in terms of the money and we’d try to structure a deal on maybe a loan.

‘I’m not talking necessarily about Traore, there are one or two options. It’s better that I don’t talk about other people’s players at the moment.

‘All that does is upset the Birmingham fans when we don’t get them.’