Birmingham have confirmed they would like to sign Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani on a permanent basis.
Pandiani is on loan at St Andrews for the rest of the season from Deportivo La Coruna and after scoring two goals in his first three games, his new club are looking to secure his services on a long-term deal.
“When I shook his hand, I could see in his eyes that here was someone who was a winner and had the spirit to do well for us,” said chairman, David Gold, who compared Pandiani to former Birmingham player Christophe Dugarry.
“I can see some similarities between him and Christophe Dugarry – but I think Pandiani offers us even more.
“When Steve Bruce brought Dugarry over here, we were talking about a player who was near the end of his career and wanted one more big stage to play on. We gave him that and it kept us in the Premiership.
“But Walter is only 28 and we would hope that at the end of the season we would be in a position to offer him a contract that would enable him to see out his career with Birmingham.
“It is too early to be talking about a permanent move just yet, and there is no rush over this, but that is the hope.
“It would be tremendous if Walter could score 10 goals and lift us into the top half of the table. If he did that, it would be a fantastic outcome and then we would want to talk to him about staying.
“That is why we can get more out of Walter than we did with Dugarry although we are grateful for the job he did for us and Christophe will remain a Blues legend.”