Birmingham City have launched an ambitious swoop to sign former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira from Inter Milan. Chairman David Gold has revealed that City have held talks with Vieira's representatives, but conceded that it will be a considerable challenge to attract the experienced French international to the club.
Far from being deterred by the size of the task at hand, Gold is relishing the prospect of a signing that would be on a par with the signing of Vieira's former international team-mate Christophe Dugarry six years ago.
"We have pulled rabbits out of the hat before and we want to do it again, but you can’t do these things unless you try," he said as reported by the Daily Mail.
"People would see Vieira as the second Dugarry if he came to Birmingham. Even now it’s not impossible but the odds aren't good, we maybe only have a one in 10 chance."
Vieira is available on a free transfer and is open to offers as he looks to secure the first-team football that will help ensure he features for France at next year's World Cup.
"I have to meet with the Inter officials to understand what they intend to do with me," the 33-year-old told Le Parisien.
"As far as I am concerned, I just want to play, at Inter or elsewhere.
"I also have to see Mourinho to understand whether I am part of his plans or not. If that’s not the case, I’d prefer playing in Ligue 1."