Dundee’s move to bring back former star Greg Stewart has been knocked back, with Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp saying: “You can’t afford him.”
The 27-year-old left Dens Park last August after the Championship club paid an initial £500,000, rising to £1 million, to take the attacker to St Andrews.
In his time down south, Stewart has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot and is available for a loan deal.
However, City boss Redknapp says he won’t be moving back north of the border after interest from more than just the Dark Blues.
He said: “Clubs have asked for Greg — Aberdeen, Motherwell and Dundee.
“It’s only a loan for the season I’ve been asked about.
“But Greg’s wages at Birmingham are too high for the Scottish clubs, even the percentage that we’d be looking for.
“So for now he’s not going anywhere, although I’m sure there are clubs in England who would take Greg for a year on his current wages.”
Stewart only managed six starts for Birmingham over the past season but was a regular off the bench.
However, his last goal came while he was still at Dundee — the second of a brace in a 7-0 League Cup rout of Forfar Athletic at Dens.
Managerial changes at St Andrews haven’t helped Stewart so much.
Boss Gary Rowett signed him but was sacked and replaced by Gianfranco Zola in December.
That turned out to be a horrendous decision as Birmingham plunged down the division from outside the play-offs on goal difference to a relegation battle.
Zola, though, rated Stewart and started him in his first three matches in charge.
With the club staring relegation in the face, Redknapp was brought in to save the club which he did but Stewart only managed five minutes of action under the former Spurs boss.
However, that doesn’t mean his time at City is definitely over.
Redknapp said: “I liked what I saw of Greg last season, although I was only in the job for a couple of weeks.
“He was on the bench for me and he is a great lad with good ability.
“I’ll look at him closely during pre-season then we’ll see what happens.”