Birmingham boss confirms interest in making James Vaughan's loan move from Huddersfield permanent

The striker has clearly done enough to impress Gary Rowett, despite failing to find the back of the net during his time at St Andrew's.

Gary Rowett hopes that Birmingham City will be able to make James Vaughan's loan deal a permanent move during the January transfer window after the striker impressed during the Blues' victory over Brentford at the weekend, Sky Sports reports.

The 27-year-old has made six appearances since joining from Huddersfield Town in November, and despite failing to score during that time, he has clearly done enough to convince Rowett that extending the deal beyond January should be one of the club's priorities this month.

"We have spoken to Vaughany. He needs to speak to Huddersfield, but we would certainly like to keep him for longer," he told Sky Sports.

"I think the issue is how long we are going to be able to keep him for; how much he wants to come and play for us, even if it is until the end of the season.

"In an ideal world if he is able to negotiate a deal to get out of Huddersfield at the moment then I think he would certainly like an 18-month deal, and it's just whether we are in a position at the moment to do that.

While the former Everton man has failed to score for the Midlands outfit, he has still demonstrated his value to Rowett's men as they look to remain in the hunt for a spot in the Championship play-offs.

Against Brentford on Saturday, with the game locked at 1-1 with just a few minutes to go, Vaughan's fantastic piece of skill sucked in two Bees defenders, and allowed him to dart down the line and drill a ball into the path of Maikel Kieftenbeld, who slid in for the late winner. 

With the club's current top goalscorer, Clayton Donaldson, boasting just five goals this season - although his campaign has severely disrupted by injury - Rowett's men arguably need more of those moments of quality if they wish to earn themselves a place in the top six. 

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