Gianfranco Zola confirms interest in Jonathan Spector

Gianfranco Zola has admitted that Jonathan Spector's days at Blues could be numbered.

The American defender has been targeted by a Club in his homeland.

Zola revealed the development was partly the reason why he could be poised to sign a new right-back.

Asked by journalists at his pre-match media conference today how many more players he had in mind to bring in this January transfer window, he replied: "Possibly two players will be coming, maybe three depending on the opportunity. 

"I never said that we are going to take two or three, we said if there is an opportunity to get some players better, then we are going to do [it].

"The right-back position was not our concern or focus to change because I am very happy with the ones I have got.

"But there might be a request for Jonathan Spector to go back home and that case is something I have to consider.

"He has been a very loyal player for this club, in six months his contract is going to be up and if we can help him with something we will try to do that, he deserves that. 

"I cannot say about the team but there might be the possibility that Jonathan will be going back home and that's the reason why we are active in that position - possibly in this transfer window."

Spector has made 179 appearances for Blues since signing on a Bosman from West Ham United in the summer of 2011.

The 30-year-old been one of the Club's most reliable performers, primarily at right-back, but he has also done various stints in midfield and at centre-half.

Zola admitted that Blues were very 'active' at present in the transfer market and signings to add to Lukas Jutkiewicz and Craig Gardner could be imminent.

"There is activity, we have some targets, we are working on that," said Zola, ahead of Blues FA Cup trip to Newcastle United. "I think we are close to them (a couple of players), to be honest. I can't say any more than that. But we are very active, yes."