Birmingham City will have to significantly strengthen their side if they are to improve over the upcoming season.
Birmingham manager Gary Rowett
Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has provided an update on the club's attempts to strengthen their squad, telling the Birmingham Mail that transfers are a work in progress and they will not be rushed into making unnecessary moves.
The Blues' need for a striker has been well documented and Rowett explained why signing a front man can prove so difficult.
"We have been very close on a number of occasions but as we always know players that can change games and score goals are coveted by many other teams," he said.
The Midlands club will be expected to improve during this upcoming season, after their respectable 10th place finish in the Championship last term, but Rowett insists that he will not bow down to external pressure, and sign players for the sake of it, when speaking to the Birmingham Mail.
Rower has explained how hard it is to bring in transfer targets
"If I start to bow down to the pressure externally of making signings, after two or three weeks if they are not the right signings then there's not going to be an awful lot of help left is there?" he added. "I have got to make sure they are the right signings. We are actively trying, we have offers out for players, we have bids into clubs and ultimately it's about us trying to make some of them happen."
Although Rowett's men impressed last term with their compact displays, seven players have been released over the summer and they will have to bring in multiple acquisitions to ensure that they have a squad capable of dealing with the rigours of the Championship.
Che Adams is a reported target for Birmingham
Rowett is obviously keen to bring a forward to St Andrews, but the Blues will have to increase their reported £1 million offer for Sheffield United striker Che Adams after their bid was rejected for the 20-year-old (Sky Sports).
It will be a busy summer at Birmingham, and their fans will be hoping the hard work put in by Rowett and his staff will pay dividends come the end of the transfer window.
Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett explains how the work to sign players continues behind the scenes