David Gold, chairman of Premier League newcomers Birmingham City, has insisted that the Blues have not given up trying to sign Inter's Patrick Vieira.
It was revealed on Friday that the Midlands club were chasing the 33-year-old, but it was also stated that they had drawn a line under the move.
Indeed, the 106-time capped France international is thought to have turned away two approaches already from City.
However, Gold is adamant that Birmingham have not admitted defeat and says they will try to land the 6ft 3in combative midfielder, even if their chances are slim.
"We have pulled rabbits out of the hat before and we want
to do it again, but you can’t do these things unless you try," Gold is quoted as saying by British tabloid The Daily Mail.
"People would see Vieira as the second Dugarry if he came to
Birmingham. Even now it’s not impossible but the odds aren't good, we
maybe only have a one in 10 chance."
Vieira has recently been quoted as saying he would like to return to Ligue 1 this summer if he does leave Inter and has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain.
Ricky Brooks, Goal.com