‘I’d love to have half of the money the last fella had’ - Birmingham manager Lee Bowyer on lack of January funds

The Blues are in desperate need of reinforcements in January but will have to find them the hard away again

Birmingham City are the walking wounded at current.

With seven/eight first team players injured or suspended ahead Saturday’s game with Blackpool, reinforcements aren’t wanted, they are needed.

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And with January just around the corner, both manager Lee Bowyer and the fan-base should be able to breathe a sigh of relief but it’s not going to be that simple.

It’s well publicised that the Blues don’t have money to spend when it comes to player recruitment but as we approach the transfer window and the spotlight switches to just that - Bowyer’s frustration is becoming all the more clear.

He revealed that the club are working hard on their main targets but being able to get them through the door is another matter altogether.

Lee Bowyer, Manager of Birmingham City gives their team instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Reading

“I was in there speaking with Gards [before the press conference] going through players,” he said.

“We’re always having conversations but what we have to remember is we’re not the only team trying to get these players - finances come into play whether you like it or not.

“It’s going to be tough. All we can do is try and get the targets we want.

“From my understanding, there’s no money to spend so we’ll be looking similar to the summer.

“We’re working on a one out one in basis so we’ll be doing the same again, I guess.”

And Bowyer’s frustrations stem back to the previous manager, Aitor Karanka, who was afforded far more to spend than him during his time with the Blues.

“I wouldn’t throw millions at someone that would want to come to this football club just for the money it would never happen but I would love to have half of the money that the last fella had to bring in players,” he added.

“Just give me half of that. I’m not greedy. It’s better than none.

“It becomes difficult because you’re fighting against a lot of other clubs and you don’t always win them battles.”

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