Clark hopes for double deal

  • By: Tim Oscroft
  • Last Updated: May 29 2013, 14:27 BST

Ravel Morrison and Shane Ferguson are at the top of Birmingham boss Lee Clark's list of players he wants in next season's squad.

Ravel Morrison: Could make Birmingham return
Ravel Morrison: Could make Birmingham return

West Ham midfielder Morrison impressed during his season-long loan to St Andrews, and Clark is keen on striking another deal for the 2013-14 campaign.

Newcastle United's Ferguson had a shorter spell with Birmingham towards the end of the season, but is another that Clark is looking to have at his disposal again.

"I have made it common knowledge that I would like to re-sign Ravel Morrison and Shane Ferguson," Clark declared.

"We have registered our interest in bringing those lads back so that's a possibility.

"Ravel and Shane have both indicated to me that they would like to come back.

"The thing with Ravel is that, for a manager, he has been a challenge, without a shadow of a doubt.

"But it's a challenge I have relished and I have enjoyed trying to help him learn, not just about the football side, but off-the-field stuff, how you behave as a professional."

With Birmingham looking to enhance their squad following a disappointing campaign, where they finished 12th in the Championship, Clark has an idea of the number of players he needs.

"I am hoping that maybe I can get two more in, possibly three," Clark added.

"And then what I need to do is reassess. Do I wait later on in the window on the loan deals from the Premier League?

"What most of the big clubs do is take their young players away on pre-season tours with them and decide whether they are going to be part of the squad or whether they need another bit of loan time to help their development."


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