Gold: Vieira deal not dead yet

Newly-promoted Birmingham City's hopes of landing former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira are not dead and buried yet, according to the Blues' chairman David Gold.   The St Andrews outfit have been strongly linked with the Inter Milan midfielder this summer, along with French side Paris Saint-Germain, with the 32-year-old expected to find first-team opportunities at the San Siro next season limited.

And although City's chances of recruiting the Gunners legend - who made more than 250 league appearances for the North London club, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups - would appear slim, Gold insists he has not yet given up hope of completing, arguably, the most famous signing in the club's history.

“I’d like to think there are a couple more signings who might whet the appetite and I don’t think the Vieira deal is dead," he said.

"Players play it cool for a while and wait for better deals. The situation is not dissimilar to that of Michael Owen, who waited for Manchester United’s offer.

“There is every possibility he will decide he wants to get back into the Premier League and that he can do that with us.”

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