Birmingham City: Who are Gary Rowett’s “three or four” striker targets?

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March 22, 2016 by Shane Ireland

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett revealed last week that he had intentified “three or four” targets as he considers bringing in a striker to St Andrew’s during the emergency loan window.

The boss is hoping to sign a striker in order to aide his goal-shy side, who have found the net just four times in their last nine games.

Clayton Donaldson remains Blues’ main attacking outlet but the goals have dried up recently for the Jamaican forward, who wasted a good chance as Birmingham drew 1-1 against Fulham on Saturday.

Here’s a look at four frontmen that should be on Rowett’s radar.

Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty is a name that springs up seemingly every time any side looks to sign a striker on loan.

But Blues were yesterday linked with the Norwich City forward, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Lafferty is keen for first-team football ahead of Euro 2016 but will have to move to find it after being frozen out at Carrow Road.

The 28-year-old has struggled for form on the domestic front, but dazzled in Northern Ireland’s successful qualifying campaign for this summer’s tournament and top-scored for Michael O’Neill’s side with seven goals.

Lafferty plays the lone striker role for his country which would ease his transition into Blues’ 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1 systems, where Donaldson currently spearheads the attack.

The former Burnley forward rejected a loan move earlier this year, but it is understood that Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday are also keeping tabs on him.

Glenn Murray

Another possible option from the Premier League is AFC Bournemouth’s Glenn Murray.
Murray has registered only two league appearances is as many months, and his last goal for the Cherries came at St Andrew’s when he poked home a late winner in the FA Cup third round as Blues lost 2-1 to Bournemouth.
The experienced 32-year-old has previously enjoyed success in the Championship, firing Crystal Palace to promotion in the 2012/13 season with 30 goals.
Murray, like Lafferty, would not come cheap and is sure to have a list of suitors if made available for a loan move.
But with a potential top six spot at stake, Blues need to be ambitious if they are to bring in a forward of the required quality.

Kaylen Hinds

If Murray would bring with him a wealth of experience, at the other end of the scale is Arsenal’s Kaylen Hinds, who would provide a youthful hunger to Rowett’s side.
Hinds is highly-rated within the Emirates set-up and has this season made the step up to the club’s Under 21s squad.
Blessed with an abundance of pace, Hinds scored the winner in Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup victory against Liverpool to send them through to the semi-finals.
In an interview on the Gunners’ official website, the 18-year-old stated that he is “hoping to go out on loan…to get some first-team experience at a club where I will get a lot of games which will further progress my development.”

Victor Anichebe

West Bromwich Albion forward Victor Anichebe is another possibility that Blues surely haven’t ignored.
Anichebe has only played 12 times for Albion this season, and only eight times in the Premier League, and is clearly out of manager Tony Pulis’ plans.
He has previously admitted that he was training away from the majority of the first-team squad and was touted for a move away from the Hawthorns in January.
The powerful forward moved to West Brom from Everton for £6million in 2013 but has made only 49 league appearances since.
It is not hard to imagine that a number of Championship clubs are interested in Anichebe’s services, and the 27-year-old would fit into Birmingham’s style of play.

Other options

Honourable mentions go to Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, but wages could prove a stumbling block in a move for the former England man, Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham who was linked with Blues on TeamTalk.com, and Marvin Emnes, who has only four Swansea City appearances to his name this term.

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