Scharner nears Blues deal
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Austria international Paul Scharner feels he is 'very, very close' to agreeing a deal to join Birmingham City.
Scharner has been a target for Blues boss Steve Bruce since pre-season when the Premiership club played Brann Bergen in a friendly.
Bruce has had the centre half watched repeatedly and tabled a bid with the Norwegian side before Austria's recent World Cup qualifier against England.
Brann have yet to confirm if they have accepted the offer, with Scharner rated in the £2 million category.
Blues are hopeful they can tie up a deal to take Scharner to The Premiership when the transfer window reopens in January.
After fending off interest from fellow Premiership side Middlesbrough, Birmingham are now on the verge of concluding a deal.
Scharner confirmed an agreement is close and the Austrian is adamant that he is not quitting Brann for Birmingham for financial reasons.
"Not everything is ready but we are very, very close to sorting things out," Scharner is quoted in the Birmingham Evening Mail.
"They aren't from Germany or France and Middlesbrough are now out of the picture.
"Everybody knows you can make more money in England than in Norway but that's not the reason for me to change clubs.
"I am doing what is best for my career."