Birmingham are keen to know sooner or later whether they can sign Robbie Keane to give them time to pursue other targets if their bid to sign the Tottenham striker falls through.
First team coach Peter Grant expects City to know "in the next few days" about their chances of landing Keane rather than see the deal drag on towards the end of the transfer window. Blues have been in negotiations with Spurs over a possible £7million deal for the Republic of Ireland international.
"What is the timescale with Keane? I think you will see something in the next few days," said Grant.
"It can go to the last day in January but I don't think it will go as long as that because you always want answers.
"If it's not Robbie Keane then hopefully it will be the next one, somebody else.
"We know he's a top, top player. We know he's not playing at this moment in time.
"Harry (Redknapp) has made it clear that he would like to sell him as they don't want him any more."
Grant added: "That's a situation the gaffer is looking at but I don't think it will drag.
"Obviously if it's not going to be Robbie, he will want it to be someone else, that's for sure.
"I think that's no different to any clubs at this moment in time. They have targets and, if doesn't happen, they move on and go elsewhere."