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Clark wants pace up front

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark is keen to add more pace to his attacking options as he looks to improve on a poor 2013/14 season.

Blues scored a modest 58 goals in the Championship, helped in no small part by loan signing Federico Macheda who found the net on 10 occasions before joining Cardiff on a permanent deal this summer.

Now Clark is on the hunt for strikers with pace in a bid to avoid a repeat of a stuttering season that saw them dramatically avoid relegation from the Championship on the final day of the season.

He has already started that process with the signing of Wes Thomas, who joins for his second spell at St Andrew's, and reports have linked the club with Brentford's Clayton Donaldson.

Clark told the Birmingham Mail: "It's been part of our recruitment drive for next season, to get more pace at the top end of the pitch.

"We want to be more of a threat in terms of players who will cause defenders problems with those attributes of pace, power.

"Wes Thomas fits that bill. He is a very hard worker and won't give defenders a moment's peace.

"And he has that kind of pace that defenders are frightened of and don't like."

Fellow striker Lee Novak will remain at the club and Matt Green is due to recover from a knee injury that has kept him out since November.

Clark is confident that Green, who signed from Mansfield last summer, will be like a new signing again as the 27-year-old had barely got going before his injury.

He continued: "Matt Green, we know, is very quick and athletic too. He's a new player, we will see a new player.

"Lee Novak is a different type of player to those two, although he has got a decent change of pace as well.

"So we have got a good combination up front, different options, with the players here now.

"And hopefully we can get another striker in to complement them as well."