Birmingham City target Shehu Abdullahi is favouring a move to Turkey, the Birmingham Mail understands.

The 24-year-old midfielder is in the final year of his contract at Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta and will be available for around £500k in January.

Blues were said to be keen but Trabzonspor have registered an interest and other Turkish clubs are also keen.

Abdullahi, a Nigerian international, is keen on the top-flight football but has not ruled out a move to England yet.

He recently helped his country qualify for the World Cup and will feature in Russia this summer.

Anorthosis Famagusta are looking to cash in on Abdullahi as they risk losing him for nothing next summer when his contract expires.

Money is tight

Steve Cotterill says Birmingham City are still holding internal discussions about their transfer plans for the current window.

The Blues boss insisted he does not want to ‘miss a window’ as he tries to steer the club clear of the bottom three.

But after the excesses of the last two transfer periods - when there as a 28 player turnover - Cotterill referred to the impact that has had on Blues’ finances.

And in a sobering account of the current situation he says it is even possible he may have to allow players to leave before he can bring any in.

Asked about the club’s intentions with new players he said: "We are trying to sign them, we are still internally in discussions with what we can do and what we can’t do.

"We are probably not at that stage with discussing with [other] clubs at this moment in time, where we can go and what we can do.

"It might be nice to be at that stage but we are not at that stage as a club.

"We are not far enough down the line where we have been knocked back by anyone, or anyone has come to us with any fears of where we are in the table.

"I would probably just say at this moment in time - we are where we are in the league table, we are where we are as regards our transfer budget - if we have one.

"Of course I am hopeful of getting some business done, it would be good to not miss a window even though it is an incredibly difficult one."

And Cotterill, who was promised backing when he first took the job, suggested books might have to be balanced as financial regulations bite.

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"There has been a lot that has been spent in the last two windows, a huge amount in fact. So, where are we in Financial Fair Play? We probably need to look at all aspects of it.

"It’s not been a surprise. If you look at what’s been spent over the last two windows, it’s probably not a surprise when you think about what has been spent.

"It would be nice to be able to spend but you can’t conjure it up to spend if it’s not there.

"We’ve got to see if we can balance things up a little bit and see how we go really. It’s a little bit week by week at the moment."

And it might not even be as clear as a one-in-one-out basis.

"It depends on how they leave the club. If they leave the club if there is a transfer fee or if they leave the club on a free and you’ve only got wages to sort out, it doesn’t mean that you can recruit then.

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"You’d be back going down the loans scenario again, but we’ve already got four of those and you’re only allowed five in your matchday squad anyway. Which does make a little bit more difficult and restrictive.

"But that’s just something that I have to work around really."

In recent weeks Blues have seen Emilio Nsue leave permanently - for an undisclosed fee to Apoel FC, and David Cotterill’s contract terminated by mutual consent.

They have been linked with moves for League One strikers Devante Cole and Jack Marriott - both of whom are attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs.

Cole has 12 goals in 31 games for Fleetwood Town, while Peterborough’s Marriott has 23 in 37 and is the division’s leading scorer.

But the Birmingham manager distanced himself from the speculation - and insisted that he hadn’t instructed any bids to be made.

"Definitely not true. There has not been a bid made by us to any club - not in my knowledge anyway. Someone else might have but I haven’t made one."

Transfer window so far

Steve Cotterill insists Birmingham City are yet to make any offers for players during the January transfer window.

Blues have been linked with moves for League One strikers Devante Cole and Jack Marriott - both of whom are attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs.

Cole has 12 goals in 31 games for Fleetwood Town, while Peterborough's Marriott has 23 in 37 and is the division's leading scorer.

Birmingham City youngster returns from loan spell

But the Birmingham manager distanced himself from the speculation - and insisted that he hadn't instructed any bids to be made.

"Definitely not true. There has not been a bid made by us to any club - not in my knowledge anyway. Someone else might have but I haven't made one."

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More Blues news: Striker returns from loan spell

Birmingham City youngster Kyle McFarlane has returned from his loan spell at Nuneaton Town.

The 21-year-old joined Nuneaton on a short term loan deal in November and made three appearances for the National League North side.

However, Blues have decided not to extend McFarlane’s stint away and he returned to St Andrew’s at the beginning of the month.

McFarlane has joined up with Richard Beale’s under-23 squad again and could take part in their match with Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon.

The forward has been in fine form this term with six goals from 14 matches for Beale’s side and will be hoping to pick up from where he left off.

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McFarlane is yet to make his first team bow and manager Steve Cotterill will continue to monitor his development closely.

McFarlane's fellow attacker Jack Storer is currently enjoying a loan spell at Gloucester City while Viv Solomon-Otabor's stint with League One side Blackpool has been extended to the end of the season.

Ronan Hale joined League of Ireland side Derry City on loan earlier this month.

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Boss on backline

Steve Cotterill is starting to see the levels of organisation he wants from his Birmingham City side.

Reflecting on three consecutive wins - and three successive clean sheets, the Blues boss has revealed the work that has gone into making the team more stable.

As impressive as the 1-0 and 2-0 victories over Leeds and Reading were, the FA Cup tie with Burton presented a different challenge with the Brewers looking to counter-attack on Cotterill’s side.

However, the hosts stood firm, worked their way to a 1-0 win and now face Derby on Saturday in far more confident mood.

It is a confidence that stems from stability.

“Clean sheets don’t get beat. It will be a statement we bandy about the dressing room from time to time. The clean sheets have been very welcome,” Cotterill said.

“We do a lot of organisational work all the time whatever it is. What we’ve got to make sure we do, and we did it very well against Burton - we defended well when we had the ball.

“Burton have done this where they’ve got more bodies forward than we’ve got to defend and [we] get done on the counter attack.

“[But] There weren’t many opportunities.

“There were a couple in the first-half where we looked a little bit sloppy and tired in a couple of phases and they jumped us - and we weren’t as organised as we were in the second-half.

“We’ve done a lot of organisational work, but it hasn’t been rewarded maybe and we [hadn’t] got results.

“We’re far more organised and we know what we’re doing now if we’re in certain areas of the field.

“Whether it comes off or not is perhaps whether the luck is with the player or not at the time, or whether he makes exactly the right decision at the time or not.

“But they know pretty much what to do and where and when.”

Which is a pleasing development from the start of the season when Blues would regularly ship a couple of goals a game.

In the last nine games they have conceded eight goals and have also started picking up points.

However, they remain in a perilous position second bottom of the table with 20 league games remaining.