Blues to let strike duo go
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has confirmed he will listen to offers for Marcus Bent and Gary McSheffrey.
Last Updated: 21/08/09 9:59am
Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has confirmed he is willing to listen to offers for Marcus Bent and Gary McSheffrey.
Following a glut of new arrivals at St Andrews over the summer McLeish is looking to trim the numbers in his squad and is ready to offload Bent and McSheffrey.
Versatile attacker McSheffrey has been an unused substitute in Birmingham's opening two Premier League games, while Bent has yet to be involved.
McLeish has discussed the situation with both players and is now waiting for clubs to make an offer before the close of the transfer window.
"Are there any players going out? We've spoken to a couple of players and told them and their agents that we will listen to offers for them," said McLeish.
"It may happen before the window closes. We anticipate one or two might leave.
"I have spoken to Gary McSheffrey and Marcus Bent and said that, unfortunately, when you bring new players in, you have to make some sacrifices.
"We will listen to offers for these lads. Hopefully the agents are working around the clock to help their clients."
McSheffrey joined Birmingham in a £4million move from Coventry City three years ago and he has been linked with a return to his former club, while Crystal Palace and Sheffield United are also rumoured to be interested.
Much-travelled striker Bent recently vowed to fight for his place in McLeish's plans, but now looks to be on his way out after just 12 months at St Andrews.