Date: 19th December 2016 at 12:26am
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New Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola has confirmed that he will be attempting to make Lukas Jutkiewicz’s loan spell permanent in the New Year.

With the January transfer window soon to open, Birmingham’s new manager has been impressed with Jutkiewicz during his days in charge so far and our loanee did of course open the scoring for Zola in Friday evening’s televised tie against Championship title chasing Brighton.

Whilst his goal wasn’t enough to return a share of the points, Zola has been sufficiently impressed to want to try and make the deal for the 27 year old permanent.

Having moved to St Andrew’s Stadium in late August, he has made 13 starting appearances with a further four from the bench and in that time has scored six goals.

Former manager Gary Rowett had played his part in setting up a permanent option on the player, and Zola will now follow that through.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail following Friday’s game, Zola explained.

‘Yes we are interested. Lukas is doing very well. He scored a great goal today but also his performance was magnificent. He helped the team throughout the game. It was unlucky that a goal like that didn’t bring anything today in terms of points.’

He added.

‘Lukas is an important player for us. We will try everything we can to keep him with us if we can. He was really outstanding today and we’ll try our best. He scored one goal, he was always a threat and he worked very hard, unbelievable work. It’s good to have players like that.’

Jutkiewicz’s loan spell officially ends on January 2 and it’s yet to be seen if there is a permanent clause already built in as I don’t remember talk of it last August, or whether the permanent option Rowett was working on was a more recent negotiation.

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