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Birmingham boss Steve Bruce made a shock £1million bid for Fulham’s American World Cup striker Brian McBride last night.

Bruce wants McBride to replace Emile Heskey as his team’s target man and lead them back to the Premiership at the first attempt.

McBride has just signed a new and lucrative contract with Fulham and it is understood that the Londoners are not considering selling their experienced striker. Birmingham would have to match McBride’s considerable current salary as well as persuading him to drop down to the Championship.