Fulham have dropped out of the race to sign England goalkeeper Jack Butland - with Martin Jol on the verge of landing Roma's Maarten Stekelenburg.
However, Jol has targeted Stekelenburg, 29, who has been told he can leave Roma just 18 months after joining from Ajax and could be available for as little as £3million.
A deal for the Dutch international will rule Fulham out of the running for Butland's signature, leaving Liverpool and Southampton to battle it out for the 19-year-old.
talkSPORT understands Birmingham have already rejected a £6million bid from the Saints but are willing to cash in on the teenage star this month.
Blues boss Lee Clark is set to drop Butland for tonight's [Tuesday] FA Cup third round replay against Leeds in order to increase the chances of a deal and bring in vital funds to help the cash-strapped club fight off administration.