Hughton keen on Ranger
Blues boss eyes Magpies forward, while ruling out imminent exits
Last Updated: August 24, 2011 7:23pm
Ranger: Hughton feels he might be able to add something to Birmingham's squad
Birmingham boss Chris Hughton admits he has held tentative talks regarding a move for Newcastle striker Nile Ranger.
The Blues remain in the market for fresh faces as the transfer window starts to edge towards a conclusion.
With their opening three games of the new Championship season producing just three goals, firepower is a quality they are keen to bring in.
Magpies starlet Ranger has been identified as a possible recruit, with first-team opportunities limited for the 20-year-old on Tyneside.
The youngster has, however, already turned down the chance to join Blackpool on loan and would need some convincing to step down to the second tier.
Hughton admits he has no idea whether Ranger would be interested in a move to St Andrews, with discussions regarding a deal at a very early stage.
He said: "It is just enquiries and finding out where he is at this particular moment, but at this stage of the season there are numerous players we could be making enquiries about."
Meanwhile, Hughton claims there is no news regarding possible departures.
Nikola Zigic and Liam Ridgewell have been linked with imminent exits of late, but their manager insists there are no deals in place.
Hughton added: "We have had lots of interest and enquiries but we are no further down the line today than last week or the week before."