Skysports.com understands Birmingham are closing in on a deal for Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger.
Blues boss Chris Hughton is keen to lure Ranger to St Andrews as a possible replacement for Stoke-bound Cameron Jerome.
Hughton is a big admirer of Ranger having worked him during his time in charge of Newcastle and he believes he can get the best out of the player.
Newcastle are willing to offload Ranger as he does not figure in Alan Pardew's plans and he has not figured in their opening four matches this season.
Blackpool were also chasing Ranger and had agreed a fee with Newcastle for the 20-year-old, but they have now switched their attentions to Sheffield United's Daniel Bogdanovic.
Birmingham have now stepped up their interest in Ranger and are hoping to strike a deal before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm GMT.