Former Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda could have been taking to the pitch at St Andrew’s this weekend, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Birmingham City are reported to have made a serious run at signing the 34-year-old Frenchman last week, after he became available on a free transfer following the cancellation of his contract with Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.
Negotiations are said to have reached an advanced stage but, while the club were prepared to fork over an attractive five-figure weekly wage, no agreement could ultimately be reached over personal terms.
Malouda was also a rumoured target for Leicester earlier this summer, as well as for a number of MLS clubs, following a 2013-14 campaign in which he scored five goals in 19 games in the Turkish Super Lig, but it remains to be seen what the future now hold for the 80-times capped international.
Having originally arrived in England to join Chelsea from then-French champions Lyon in 2007, the £13 million winger recorded 45 goals and 44 assists in 229 appearances during his six seasons at the club, winning the 2008-09 Premier League title, three FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League in the process.
His final campaign at Stamford Bridge ended on a sour note, however, after a transfer request saw him fail to make a single appearance under Roberto Di Matteo and later Rafa Benitez, before heading off to Trabzonspor in the summer of 2013.
No longer the star performer who once impressed in the top-flight and on the international stage, Malouda could, nevertheless, have still offered Birmingham some extra flair in the midfield, but he’ll now be forced to look elsewhere in his search for a new club.