Birmingham City stepped up preparations for the next league campaign last week by stepping up their attacking options.
After securing a deal for Jordan Graham, the Blues were able to convince Chuks Aneke to join the club on a two-year contract.
Aneke, who had negotiated a contract with his former team Charlton Athletic, hopes to lead the line for Birmingham next season.
However, the forward may need to be patient as it could take him a while to get past Lukas Jutkiewicz in the pecking order at St Andrew’s as the veteran Blues was a regular starter in the previous campaign.
While Bowyer will be delighted to have been able to sign three permanent signings already this summer, he has suffered a potential setback when it comes to his search for a player who knows exactly what it takes to thrive at this level.
A report from the Sheffield Star earlier this month revealed Birmingham was keeping an eye on Sheffield on Wednesday attacking midfielder Josh Windass ahead of a possible swoop.
The 27-year-old, who is also garnering a lot of interest from Millwall, managed to provide 15 direct second-tier goals for the Owls in the previous campaign.
However, despite his promising performances, Windass could not prevent Wednesday from suffering a relegation to the third tier of English football and his future is therefore unclear at the moment.
In a new update regarding the attacking midfielder, it was revealed that the Owls would only be willing to part ways with him if they received significant fees from elsewhere.
According to Sun reporter Alan Nixon, Windass is valued at Â£ 5million on Wednesday, a figure Birmingham and Millwall are reportedly unwilling to pay.
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While Windass managed to produce a slew of impressive displays for the Owls last season, Â£ 5million is a lot for a player whose current contract is set to expire next year.
With Birmingham not looking to spend a hefty amount of money this summer due to the current financial climate, it would be a bit of a shock if they continued to seek a deal for the attacking midfielder.
Having already secured the services of two players who have excelled in the lower divisions in recent years, Blues manager Lee Bowyer may continue to look to the free agent market for inspiration in the weeks to come.
Provided Birmingham are able to sign quality players by August, there is no reason they cannot get a good start to the next league campaign.
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