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Byline: Colin Tattum

CHRIS Hughton is confi-dent that Chris Wood can add something different to the mix at Blues.

Hughton boosted his options up front by drafting in the 19-year-old Albion striker on loan.

"He's perhaps a different type to Adam Rooney," said Hughton, describing his traits.

"Adam would be somebody that likes to run beyond and work a little bit more on the shoulder of defenders, whereas Chris would be a little more into the body.

"He's quite a strong lad, he wouldn't perhaps have the pace of a Cameron Jerome or so.

"But once he gets into those areas he's a strong lad and a good finisher.

"He has, for a young lad, had decent experience.

"He has been involved in the first team at West Brom and has had minutes on the pitch with their first team.

"He went on loan to Brighton and did well in the period he was there.

"So he is young, but he is a player who will hopefully gives us something."

Meanwhile, the trialist who scored for Blues in a midweek reserve friendly at Spurs has been revealed as Njogu Demba-Nyrn .

The 6ft 2in Gambian forward spent the last three months of the season with Notts County.

He scored once in nine appearances for Notts after joining them from Danish side Odense Boldklub. The 32-year-old has had a journeyman career, encompassing spells in Sweden, Greece, Bulgaria and Norway.

A free agent, Demba-Nyrn joined Lomana LuaLua, Darren Carter and Craig Fagan on trial.

All played in the 6-3 reserves defeat, as did Brazilian midfielder Radames da Silva, who has since left Blues.

Cameron Jerome's proposed transfer to Bolton Wanderers remains on ice.

The clubs had agreed a fee of pounds 3.5 million, rising to pounds 6 million, in principle.

But Bolton are stalling because of Jerome's heel injury.

Owen Coyle has since brought in Tuncay on loan from VfL Wolfsburg with a view to a pounds 3 million permanent transfer.

Jerome has started light training at Wast Hills again and Hughton said he should be fit in around three weeks.

Bolton are not likely to abandon their interest in Jerome completely but at present they are showing caution and considering other options.

If they decide not to take a punt before the transfer window closes, Jerome could end up staying at Blues and having to prove his fitness and form to potential January suitors.

Birmingham City Ladies close their Women's Super League campaign at home when Chelsea visit Stratford Town FC tomorrow (2pm).

The Ladies hold a two-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the table, but the Gunners have a game in hand as the season nears completion.

Tomorrow is designated a family fun day, which includes coaching sessions.


Good finisher: Blues striker Chris Wood.
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Date:Aug 13, 2011
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