Steve Bruce has revived his interest in Tottenham striker Mido, but has ruled out Mathieu Flamini joining Birmingham.
Blues had been thought to have ended any interest in Mido after contract negotiations stalled between the two parties last month.
Spurs had given Birmingham permission to talk to the Egyptian international after a £6million deal was agreed.
Since his move to St Andrews fell through, Sunderland and Fulham have been tipped to launch a bid to sign Mido.
But Bruce has returned for the 24-year-old and he is still hopeful of bringing the front-man in before the transfer window closes.
"To be fair to the player it was never really about personal terms, it was issues over lengths of contracts and one or two other things," Bruce told Sky Sports News.
"It's still there, we still hope we can do something with the boy. We've been patient, we've gone back to the drawing board and tried again and we'll see."
Arsenal midfielder Flamini will not be moving to Birmingham after deciding to stay at Emirates Stadium for this season.
Bruce had approached Arsenal about the Frenchman but has confirmed Flamini's decision to remain with The Gunners.
"The player has decided to stay with Arsenal," he added.
"He was somebody we tried to bring into the football club but he obviously made his decision that he wanted to stay at Arsenal which we've got to fully respect."