Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has ad

mitted he could not afford to risk signing Wilson Palacios on a permanent basis

after the Honduras star completed his move to Wigan. McLeish would have had to pay 1million to secure the services of the on-loan midfielder. He needs the funds for other targets, such

as Everton striker James McFadde

n and Hibs defender David Murphy. McLeish said: Palacios looked a half-decent player, but I didnt want anything I might have done with him to impact on what I want to do elsewhere. He had to spend time building up his fitness. Defender Olivier Tebily, 32, has left City after having the remaining six months of his contract paid up.