Blues wait on Bennett bid
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Leeds United's interest in Birmingham City goalkeeper Ian Bennett appears to have reached an impasse.
The Whites are keen to bring in a new goalkeeper following Paul Robinson's sale to Tottenham and currently have former Arsenal shot-stopper Rami Shaaban on trial.
But Whites boss Kevin Blackwell maintains an interest in the experienced Bennett even though a deal between the clubs has hit a stumbling block.
Birmingham are believed to be holding out for a nominal fee for Bennett, who has a year remaining on his contract.
Leeds, meanwhile, would prefer to land the 32-year-old for nothing due to their ongoing financial predicament.
Blues boss Steve Bruce admits Bennett is likely to leave the club after over a decade at St Andrews and is waiting to discover if Leeds are able to make an acceptable offer.
"This has been mooted all summer and there is genuine interest but we all know that Leeds' situation is a little bit precarious," said Bruce.
"I have got three goalkeepers and young Colin Doyle as well. I fully understand that Nico Vaesen or Benno are maybe going to have to play somewhere.
"Ideally, I wouldn't like to lose either of them. However, if it was right for Benno then, after the great service he's given us, I would consider his thoughts and needs."