Schmitz set for Blues loan

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Birmingham are closing in on a loan deal for Lille defender Rafael Schmitz.

Schmitz's agent revealed earlier this week Birmingham had expressed an interest in signing the Brazilian.

Now Blues boss Steve Bruce has confirmed the club are on the verge of tying up a loan deal for the centre half.

"We saw Lille play in the league against Paris St Germain and Auxerre and Rafael impressed both times - and in the Champions League as well," said Bruce.

Bruce admits Schmitz may not be the last loan signing he makes as he looks to further bolster his squad.

"The way the prices have gone in this country now, it's a route we are going to have to go down again," added Bruce.