Latics supremo Dave Whelan appears to be confident of being allowed to talk to the Blues boss about the vacant manager's position at the JJB Stadium and has said that a verbal agreement has already been reached with Bruce about replacing former boss Chris Hutchings.
"We look like we have a contract agreed but nothing has been signed," Whelan told Radio 5 Live.
"There's a clause and we have to honour that.
"We've agreed that with Birmingham. To get a manager of Steve's quality I think is a bargain."