Birmingham have made a £4million bid for Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako

Updated: January 4, 2017

New Blues boss Gianfranco Zola is looking to make some changes at St Andrews and this deal would make Sako the club’s most expensive signing in seven years.

The Italian, who was appointed by new owners Trillion Trophy Asia after sacking the highly popular Gary Rowett, has lost three and drawn one of his four games in charge at St Andrew’s.

The most recent defeat coming on Monday in a 3-1 home defeat to Brentford.

Zola has £9million left to spend in January, having already used £1million to turn Lukas Jutkiewicz’s loan from Burnley into a permanent switch.

Mali international Sako is believed to be frustrated after having only played just four times for the Eagles this season – and has not had a single start in the Premier League.

He is yet to feature under new boss Sam Allardyce’s – but did find himself as a an unused substitute in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

He joined from Wolves on a free transfer in 2015 and scored in his first two appearances but played just 21 more times during an injury-hit first season.

One issue would be that if  Birmingham complete a move they will be without the 28-year-old for the African Nations Cup in Gabon with Mali opening their campaign in Egypt in two weeks’ time.

The club last spent over £4million when they bought Nikola Zigic from Valencia for around £6million in 2010.

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