Report: Birmingham considering battling Championship rivals for Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira

General view before the game - St Andrew's Birmingham City

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan in the Championship.

Nottingham Forest's Nelson Oliveira celebrates scoring their first goal from the penalty spotNelson Oliveira

Birmingham City are considering whether to battle their Championship rivals by going after Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The Mail reports that the Portuguese - who has previously been on loan at Swansea City and Nottingham Forest - is one of several names the Blues are considering as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season. 

Swansea's Nelson Oliveira celebrates scoring their first goal

Oliveira is available on loan once again, the Mail claims, but is also attracting the attention of Sheffield Wednesday.

With Gary Rowett's men lacking depth up front, Oliveira would arguably be an excellent addition as they attempt to improve on the promise they showed last season, where they remained in the play-off hunt right until the final weeks of the campaign.

Nelson Oliveira of Nottingham Forest in action with Liam Cooper of Leeds United

And although the Owls came closer to promotion, their strength in attack may actually tempt Oliveira towards St Andrew's as a move to the Midlands club would arguably see him earn more game-time than if he joined Wednesday. 

Though the 24-year-old has hardly been prolific at any stage of his career, his spell at the City Ground last term showed that he is more than capable of contributing in the second tier as he bagged nine goals.

And with several caps for his national team under his belt, it is clear that he could be the kind of addition that helps Rowett's side take that next step and make an even better challenge for a place in the top six.

Nelson Oliveira celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

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