Stan in Leeds link

Last updated : 10 January 2003 By Brian Cartlidge
Venables is believed to have failed with an offer of a swap deal involving out-of-favour Leeds defender Michael Duberry, with Blues boss Steve Bruce rejecting the idea in the hope of snapping up Arsenal defender Matthew Upson.

However, Venables has since told Bruce he is interested in a deal involving only Lazaridis - who played under the Leeds boss during his time in charge of the Australian international squad.

Lazaridis could well see himself frozen-out of the first team picture at Blues with the arrival of left wing-back Jamie Clapham completing his move from Ipswich.

His contract at St. Andrew's runs out in the summer so Blues could be set to cash-in on a fee for his signature now.

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