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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Birmingham in Talks for Lokomotiv's O'Connor

Lokomotiv Moscow and Scotland striker Garry O'Connor are in advanced talks with English Premier League side Birmingham City, the BBC Sport web site reported.

Various British media sources have put the deal at between £2.5 million and £3 million ($5 million and $6 million). If all goes according to plan, the deal could be signed this weekend.

Lokomotiv had already turned down offers of £1 million and £2 million from the newly promoted Midlands club.

O'Connor, who scored the winning goal in the Russian Cup final and grabbed two goals in his last two games for Scotland, said playing in "the best league in the world" would be "a dream come true," the web site said.

But negotiations seem to be snagged over payment methods. A Lokomotiv spokesman told the BBC that the railway side wanted a one-off payment for the 24-year-old striker. The Blues, however, prefer a deal payable in three installments.

"They want to ... take into account whether or not they stay in the Premier League," the spokesman said, adding that, in spite of the holdup, the deal would be sealed "within 48 hours."

Lokomotiv signed O'Connor from Scottish Premier League side Hibernian in March, 2006 for £1.6 million.

Many onlookers, including Scotland legend Ally McCoist, questioned the move at the time, but for O'Connor, who earns a reported £16,000 per week at Lokomotiv, the deal may well have set him up financially for life.

But O'Connor has not been a regular starter for the club, owned by Russian Railways, and, though he has stuck to the task of establishing himself, he has talked of difficulty adapting to life in Moscow.