Midfielder Talks Underway

Last updated : 25 August 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

However the Blues boss has played down reports that have suggested that the signing of the 23-year-old, who impressed McLeish in a pre-season friendly between the two side's earlier this month, is a formality.

"It is premature to say we have done a deal for Michel," the Blues boss has said.

"We have opened talks to see if we can do something.

"But the 'I's' are not dotted and the 'T's' are not crossed.

"He is a good athlete, has terrific technique and touch which is what you would expect from a Spanish player.

"He would enhance the quality of the squad.

"But I can only do what I can spending-wise and once that becomes impossible I will respect that and get on with things."