Birmingham City boss remains keen on Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche

The German is however wanted at the City Ground by Dougie Freedman.

Birmingham City manager Garty Rowett does not appear to have given up on signing Nottingham Forest midfielder Robert Tesche this summer, if his comments on the official Birmingham City website are anything to go by.

He was talking about trying to sign former loanee Diego Fabbrini from Watford this summer, when he moved on to the subject of German midfielder Tesche.

He stated:

"Diego is a player we would love to bring to the Club.

"The talks are still ongoing but that's out of our hands - all we can do is try to put something together that is attractive to Watford.

"The same has been said about Robert Tesche.

"And if they don't work out we have got to move on, there are plenty of players available and plenty of players on our list…

"I wanted to get them in three-four weeks ago, that's always been the aim but it's not been quite as easy as that.

"It's been well documented we have been let down unusually for three or four deals right at the last minute, which has been a challenge.

"But that's my job, to keep persevering and be positive and to keep trying to target the very best players Birmingham should be signing.

"That's the key. We want to have the likes of Diego and Robert Tesche because I think it lit up St Andrew's last season when we had those type of players."

Tesche joined Birmingham City on loan in March, after losing his place in the Forest first-team after Dougie Freedman took over from Stuart Pearce in February.

He went on to become a star at St Andrews, scoring twice in 12 appearances for the club.

Despite Rowett’s apparent persistence it still looks as though Tesche, who joined Forest from Hamburg SV last summer, will remain at the City Ground.

The club initiated their one-year option on the player this summer and just this week Freedman told the Nottingham Post that Tesche had informed him his ‘heart was with Forest’ and the German has also been a big fixture in the club’s pre-season so far.

As much as Birmingham City may still want him, Rowett must now be edging closer and closer to admitting defeat on the player.

Forest fans will hope he can have a positive impact at the club next season.

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