Bid Tabled For Striker

Last updated : 09 June 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

The 23-year-old Ecuador international striker's agent Barry McIntosh has confirmed that Blues have made an ofer for the player to his Mexican side but also revealed that other Premier League side's are also interested in Benitez.

"Birmingham has made an official offer for the player, who is one of the most talented players in South America and, at the moment, is playing his trade in the professional league in Mexico for Santos Laguna," McIntosh told Sky Sports News.

"Naturally, the offer from Birmingham is being seriously considered, but in the past 24 hours there has been a number of other interested parties in England who are looking to up their bid to secure the player."

"At this stage it would be premature to say precisely who the other suitors are. They are bigger clubs within the top six to eight of the league.

"He is an established international player and would like to ply his trade at a club where he has the possibility of playing in the Uefa Cup or the Champions League.

"Of course, we are looking at the best possible options for the player before making a final decision.

"The deal on the table has not been matched or surpassed by one or two other clubs.

"Everything will be considered on Tuesday by the president of Santos Laguna and we would hope by Wednesday that we'll know precisely which is the most likely destination for the player.

"As far as how much the player is worth, he is worth what somebody is prepared to pay for him."