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Football: Sullivan has faith in squad.

DAVID Sullivan today expressed his confidence in the current squad after the transfer window closed without Blues doing any major business.

There were rounds of talks with several clubs about bringing players both in and out, but nothing happened, apart from teenage Polish goalkeeper Artur Krysiak.

Much centred around Charlton Athletic, but Blues could not come to an agreement on Marcus Bent, their preferred choice of striker.

The Addicks expressed an interest in midfielder Julian Gray, but neither could a part-exchange be struck for the pounds 2million-rated Bent. Had Blackburn Rovers decided to make a formal offer for Mikael Forssell, Blues might have done business with the Londoners.

But Rovers preferred a loan deal and instead opted to sign Shabani Nonda from AS Roma on a temporary basis.

There was also speculation that Blues considered Portsmouth's Svetoslav Todorov as another option up front, but this was never a serious possibility.

So, in contrast to previous scrambles on the last day of a transfer window, Blues were left empty-handed.

Not that it concerned the co-owner greatly. He said: "I have every confidence in the squad that is in place.

"Lots of talks went on yesterday, there were a few proposals, but nothing materialised. That's the way it goes sometimes.

"We have spent a lot of money already this season and if you asked any manager in our division whether they would swap our squad for theirs, I would be surprised if any of them said 'no'.

"I know that Steve Bruce wouldn't change the squad for any other."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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