Towering frontman Nikola Zigic could be heading back to Birmingham

Nikola Zigic

Championship side Birmingham City are exploring the possibility of bringing fans' favourite Nikola Zigic back to St Andrew's.

A man who helped to preserve Birmingham City’s Championship status last season on a dramatic final day at the Reebok Stadium could soon be rejoining the ranks at St Andrew’s.

Nikola Zigic, all six feet seven inches of him, has been without a club since leaving the Blues as a free agent at the start of the summer.

Having been brought to England during the heady days of Birmingham’s Premier League adventure, the funds were not there to discuss a possible extension to an expiring contract.

The situation has altered dramatically now, though, with it something of a surprise to find that Zigic remains out of work.

He may not be the most mobile or prolific of frontmen, but he has graced the highest level in his native Serbia, Spain and England, while 57 senior caps for his country have included outings at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Zigic is no mug and displayed commendable fighting spirit in 2013/14 to recover from stinging criticism about his work rate in training to become an integral part of Birmingham’s great escape.

Lee Clark was the manager he helped avoid the ignominy of relegation, but he has since been relieved of his duties and Gary Rowett appointed in his place.

The new man at the helm is fully aware of what Zigic can add to the collective cause, though, and has confirmed that the possibility of re-signing the towering striker – who is back training with the club – is in the process of being explored.

Rowett told talkSPORT: “It’s going okay. He lives locally I think he wants to stay in the country for another year for family reasons.

“He has got a real affinity with the club and what’s surprised me is when the story came out about him training - and that’s all it was to start with, the fans were all over it.

“The fans are the most excited I have ever known them, he is a real folk hero here. Financially obviously he might have to settle for a tiny bit less than his 64 grand a week.

"He doesn’t need any more so I might hit him with a little bit lower and see how much he wants to play for the club.”

Were there a deal to be done for Zigic, his arrival would help to further boost the feel-good factor which has returned to St Andrew’s over recent weeks.

Rowett’s arrival has had the desired impact, with eight points taken from a four-match unbeaten run.

There is, however, still plenty of work to be done, with only one point separating the Blues from the drop zone, and reinforcements to help the likes of Clayton Donaldson and Wes Thomas shoulder the attacking burden in the West Midlands would be most welcome.

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