Gary Rowett wants to speak to Nottingham Forest about signing Robert Tesche

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett says he wants to explore signing Robert Tesche permanently.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has told the Birmingham Mail that he wants to speak to Nottingham Forest about the future of Robert Tesche.

The Championship season ended on Sunday, meaning the attention will now turn to the summer transfer window for those teams not involved in the play-offs.

For Birmingham, they managed to go from relegation candidates to mid-table safety, finishing 10th after the appointment of Gary Rowett from Burton Albion in October.

With one of the Football League's brightest young managers at the helm, Birmingham will be looking to push on again next season, possibly towards the play-off places.

In order to do that, Birmingham will need summer signings, and Rowett has already set his sights on keeping some of his loan players.

German midfielder Tesche spent the final two months of the season at Birmingham, scoring two goals in 12 games having been out of favour at Nottingham Forest.

The 27-year-old's future at Forest is unclear having been sent out by Dougie Freedman, and Rowett has told the Birmingham Mail that he is hoping to discuss a permanent deal with Forest.

"Robert Tesche, I thought he had an option year next year from Forest, which is up to them whether they take it or not," said Rowett. "I will try to clarify that and speak to Forest and see where they are with him," he added.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch