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Garry Monk reignites interest in former attacking midfield target

Garry Monk is looking to bolster his attacking frontline, as former target Kasey Palmer is now the latest man on the Blues boss’s list.

Blues were in the running to sign the Chelsea striker on loan in the January transfer window, but he opted for Derby instead.

The 21-year-old had a successful tenure at Huddersfield, helping them gain promotion. However, the youngster was unable to keep his starting place in a Gary Rowett Derby eleven.

According to the Daily Mirror, Monk is keen to bring Palmer to St Andrews, but he will face stiff competition as Newcastle, Sheffield United and Norwich are all eyeing the England U21 International.

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Birmingham City linked with move for Chelsea starlet – reports

Birmingham City are one of three Championship teams hoping to sign Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims Blues are rivalling Norwich and Sheffield United to strike a loan deal for the 21-year-old.

They also claim that Newcastle are ‘keeping an eye’ on the situation for a player who started last term on loan with Huddersfield.

However, he was a bit part-player with David Wagner’s impressive Terriers team and ended up being re-loaned in the January window.

Then Blues manager Steve Cotterill wanted to bring him to St Andrew’s and looked to have set up a deal only for it fail to come to fruition, with Cotterill suggesting the transfer hit the rocks in the boardroom.

Derby ended up taking the youngster until the end of the season and he played 14 times and scored twice during his time at Pride Park.

Palmer signed a new Chelsea contract until 2021 last summer.

Blues could be looking for options in the wide positions but have not played with a No. 10 since Garry Monk took charge.

Indeed if the Blues manager does choose to look in that position, he has Che Adams and Jota as options, with the up and coming Charlie Lakin also looking for first team opportunities.

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Aston Villa and Birmingham City are interested in Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo, according to reports.

Goal.com claims the Second City rivals are two of four clubs interested on taking the winger on loan next season.

Stoke City and Derby are also linked in the report which suggests Liverpool are trying to obtain first team opportunities for some of their brightest stars.

The 21-year-old came through at MK Dons before the Anfield giants won the race against some of the biggest clubs in Europe to sign him as a 14-year-old.

Since then he spent the 2015/2016 season on

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Why Chelsea must beat Tottenham to the signature of this £40m-rated Birmingham-born starlet

Jack Grealish was one of the Championship’s best performers last season and he played a key role in Aston Villa’s journey to the playoff final. Unfortunately, they lost to Fulham and missed out on a chance to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Grealish was one of their standout players and it comes as no surprise that he has attracted attention from some of the big clubs in the Premier League.

As per a report by the Daily Star, London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Grealish this summer.

The report further states that Spurs have tabled an initial bid of £15m for the Birmingham-born youngster. But given the circumstances, the Blues must do everything they can to acquire Grealish ahead of Tottenham.

Jack Grealish

It has been claimed that Villa value Grealish at £40m, meaning Chelsea still have a good chance of acquiring their target. After all, Blues owner Roman Abramovich is known for his deep pockets and considering they are yet to make a new signing in the summer, it is imperative for them to land someone of Grealish’s calibre.

Over the course of the last season, the youngster thrived in the role of an attacking midfielder. He is a solid No.10 and he went on to score 3 goals and provide 6 assists.

According to Squawka, the 22-year-old also created a total of 47 chances in 25 Championship appearances. Blessed with incredible dribbling skills and an innate ability to hold on to the ball, Grealish has all the attributes required to succeed in the Premier League.

Chelsea finished in the 5th spot last season and their performances were extremely lacklustre at times. They lacked a solid goalscorer and to make matters worse, the attackers did not receive ample service from the midfield area.

To that end, a move for Grealish could massively revamp their fortunes. If Chelsea want to win trophies in the upcoming season, they must sign Grealish.

Now, it remains to be seen if they are willing to meet Aston Villa’s valuation of Grealish. Abramovich might not be too happy

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Birmingham City, Aston Villa to battle for Sheyi Ojo?

Birmingham City and Aston Villa will reportedly go head-to-head in a battle to sign Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo.

The 21-year-old, who joined the Reds from MK Dons at the age of 14, spent last season on loan at Fulham and scored four times in 22 league matches.

According to Goal.com, the two West Midlands clubs are interested in taking Ojo on loan for next season, and are joined by Stoke City and Derby County in considering a deal for the winger.

The source says that Liverpool are keen for the player to be sent out on loan for another season to gain valuable first-team action, before joining the club’s main group of players.

Ojo spent the 2016-17 season with Wolverhampton Wanderers, where the youngster scored two goals in 17 Championship appearances.

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Championship transfers: Every done deal from Birmingham City's rivals so far

The transfer window is in full swing as Championship sides bid to get deals done ahead of the deadline.

This year, the window slams shut on August 9th, just days after the opening weekend of the campaign.

Birmingham City are set for an injection of fresh faces before then as Garry Monk works through his first summer in charge.

However we won’t see a revamp to the level of last year’s whirlwind window under Harry Redknapp when 13 new signings were made.

We’re still waiting for the first arrival at St Andrew’s – but other clubs have already been flexing their muscles in the market.

Here are all the confirmed deals so far from around the division, as reported by Leeds Live.

Aston Villa

In:

Out: Gabby Agbonlahor (Free), James Finnerty – Rochdale (Free), Pierluigi Gollini – Atalanta (undisclosed), John Terry (Free), Chris Samba (Free).

Barnsley

In:

Out:

Blackburn Rovers

In:

Out:

Bolton

In: Jason Lowe – Birmingham (Free), Erhun Oztumer – Walsall (Free)

Out: Chris Taylor – Blackpool (Free)

Brentford

In: Ezri Konsa – Charlton (Undisclosed)

Out: Zain Westbrooke – Coventry (Free)

Bristol City

In: Marley Watkins – Norwich (£1m)

Out:

Derby County

In:

Out:

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In:

Out: Allan McGregor – Rangers (Free), David Mayler – Reading (Free), Michael Dawson – Nottingham Forest (Free)

Ipswich Town

In:

Out: Michael Crowe – Preston (Free), Stephen Gleeson- Aberdeen (Free)

Leeds United

In:

Out: Madger Gomes – Sochaux (Undisclosed), Felix Wiedwald – Eintracht Frankfurt (Undisclosed)

Middlesbrough

In:

Out:

Millwall

In:

Out: Noah Chesmain – Colchester (Free), Harry Toffolo – Lincoln City (Free)

Norwich City

In: Emi Buendia – Getafe (Undisclosed)

Out: Josh Murphy – Cardiff (Undisclosed), Marley Watkins – Bristol City (£1m)

Nottingham Forest

In: Tobias Figueiredo – Sporting Lisbon (Undisclosed), Michael Dawson – Hull (Free), Joao Carvalho – Benfica (£13.2m), Diogo Goncalves – Benfica (Loan)

Out:

Preston North End

In: Ryan Ledson – Oxford (Undisclosed), Michael Crowe – Ipswich (Free), Jordan Storey – Exeter (Undisclosed), Graham Burke – Shamrock

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Birmingham City and Aston Villa go head to head for Liverpool starlet – reports

Aston Villa and Birmingham City are interested in Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo, according to reports.

Goal.com claims the Second City rivals are two of four clubs interested on taking the winger on loan next season.

Stoke City and Derby are also linked in the report which suggests Liverpool are trying to obtain first team opportunities for some of their brightest stars.

The 21-year-old came through at MK Dons before the Anfield giants won the race against some of the biggest clubs in Europe to sign him as a 14-year-old.

Since then he spent the 2015/2016 season on loan with Wolves for whom he scored two goals in 17 Championship appearances.

And he was with Fulham last term, making scoring four times in 22 league matches, including the only goal of the game as Blues lost to Fulham at Craven Cottage last December.

Last term Ojo was sidelined for two months after dislocating his shoulder early in the season and a leg injury sustained in January led to another six weeks out.

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Aston Villa are considering Huddersfield’s Michael Hefele as a replacement for John Terry, according to reports.

The Mirror claims a shortage of centre back options could convince Steve Bruce to hand a fresh start to the 27-year-old.

With Terry and Chris Samba released and Tommy Elphick sold to Reading Villa are expected to bring in defensive replacements.

Especially if they are forced to cash in on James Chester to help alleviate the club’s financial woes.

Hefele joined Huddersfield in the summer of 2016, signing a three-year contract from Dynamo Dresden.

He made an immediate impact when he charged down Pierluigi Gollini’s clearance less than a minute after coming on for his debut against Villa in August 2016.

He was a key part of the team which was promoted to the Premier League through the 2017 play-offs.

However, he

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Birmingham City star responds to wages claim amid Leeds United transfer interest

Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale has taken to social media to “set the record straight” about how much he earns.

The 32-year-old was involved in a dispute on Twitter with a Leeds United fan amid the reports that he could join the Elland Road club.

Stockdale has been told he can leave this summer and Leeds are interested in signing him, although at this stage BirminghamLive understands that the Whites have tabled a bid but that it remains short of what Blues are looking to receive.

In tweets that have now been deleted, a Leeds fan page is said to have questioned Stockdale’s pay and potential wage demands – and quoted a figure of £40,000 a week.

But the stopper hit back and firmly rejected that claim.

He said: “I can 100% set the record straight I’m not on 40k a week”.

Stockdale, referring to rumours about his weekly wage, added: “Laughable what’s stated!”

Blues will sanction a move for Stockdale ahead of next season providing their valuation is met as manager Garry Monk looks to push through an overhaul of the goalkeeping department.

Stockdale kept six Championship clean sheets in 34 games last season and has two years remaining on his contract.

His back-up, Tomasz Kuszczak, has also been told he can leave after three years at St Andrew’s.

The 36-year-old former Poland international made 12 appearances last term and kept four clean sheets.

Highly thought of rookie Connal Trueman, who appeared on the bench for the first team several time last season, will be hoping for more opportunities next term.

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Meanwhile, Blues have been linked with a move for former England goalkeeper Rob Green.

HITC say Blues are ‘weighing up’ making an offer to the 38-year-old free agent.

Green, who spent last season as back-up at Huddersfield, was released at the end of the campaign having been behind Jonas Lossl and Joel Coleman and without making an appearance.

Indeed his last league match came under Monk when he was in charge at Leeds United. Green played 47 games for Monk when they were

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What the future holds for Cheikh Ndoye as Birmingham City man stars in Senegal's World Cup campaign

Cheikh Ndoye could become the first Birmingham City player to appear at a World Cup finals in 12 years when Senegal face Poland this afternoon.

The midfielder was included in Senegal boss and former Blues man Aliou Cisse’s squad for the tournament.

Ndoye only joined Blues last summer from French side Angers and made 40 appearances under three different managers in a turbulent first season at St Andrew’s.

But Garry Monk preferred to play David Davis and Maikel Kieftenbeld in the heart of midfield as Blues fought off the threat of relegation and with both players having signed new contracts this year, they could remain the manager’s favourite partnership.

That could limit Ndoye’s first-team prospects ahead of next season and his future could come under the microscope this summer as Monk works through his first transfer window at St Andrew’s.

He was linked with a return to Angers earlier this summer and it’s likely that Blues would listen to interested enquiries for him.

The 32-year-old has 12 months left to run on the two-year deal he penned when arriving at Blues on a free transfer.

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Ndoye’s participation in Russia will see him become Blues’ first World Cup star since Stan Lazaridis represented Australia in 2006.

And he fancies Senegal’s chances. He said: “I think we have a good group at the World Cup with Poland, Japan and Colombia. We have a good squad, we are all friends, and get on with each other.

“Every match is tough, but we must remain professional and try our best. We’ve got to be professional, take one match at a time and see what happens.

“We have good strikers that can win us games, so I think we could do well.”

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Former Birmingham City midfielder Mark Yates has landed himself a new job.

The 48-year-old has left Solihull Moors to take over at

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Aliou Cissue: The former Birmingham City midfielder now managing Senegal at World Cup 2018

Ex-Birmingham City midfielder Aliou Cisse is fondly remembered at St Andrew’s after a particularly impressive debut season.

His move to Blues from Montpellier in 2002 coincided with the club’s first season back in the top flight for 16 years.

What became of Cisse and what’s he doing nowadays?

Shane Ireland reports:

WHAT WAS SAID WHEN HE ARRIVED

Steve Bruce admitted he decided to sign Cisse when he saw him play against Patrick Vieira in Senegal’s World Cup win over France.

“As soon as I saw his performance against France we confirmed that we would go ahead with the deal.

“When I saw his performance against possibly the best midfielder in the world in Vieira it made me push all the buttons to try and make the deal work.

“He can play in various positions but we see him ideally as a defensive midfield player.”

Read More CISSE WAS DELIGHTED TO BE PLAYING IN ENGLAND

Cisse said he was excited to be moving to St Andrews’.

“I am looking forward to playing in England and I know Steve Bruce from his time at Manchester United where he was a very good aggressive player,” he said.

“Birmingham are new to the Premiership and I am looking forward to the challenge. I adore the Premiership and I adore English football.

“You should aim high as a player and for me playing in the World Cup and now the Premiership is my way of doing that.

“To play at this level will mean so much to me.”

Read More HIS TIME AT BLUES

Cisse played an integral part in Birmingham’s midfield as they ended up confounding their pre-season critics who had tipped them for relegation, although his campaign was cut short with an injury in February.

Before that, in October 2002, Cisse lost 12 members of his family in a ferry disaster off the coast of Gambia. The Senegalese showed incredible resolve by helping Blues to victory at West Ham just three days later.

His time at St Andrew’s came to an end in

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Goalkeeper linked, Zola Chelsea latest – all the Birmingham City news

Going Green? (Image: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Birmingham City are considering a move for former England goalkeeper Rob Green, according to reports.

Writing for HITC , Pete O’Rourke , says Blues are ‘weighing up’ making an offer to the 38-year-old free agent.

Read the full story here.

Read More poll loading Would you to see Rob Green come to Birmingham City? 500+ VOTES SO FAR Yes, to challenge as No. 1 Yes but only as an experienced back-up No, I prefer other options Zola coy

Former boss Gianfranco Zola refused to comment on speculation linking him with a return to Chelsea.

Asked about the rumours he could be going back to Stamford Bridge as part of Maurizio Sarri’s back-room team, the Sardinian was diplomatic.

But journalist Duncan Castles claimed on Twitter that Zola was leaving Supersport’s World Cup coverage early to fly to London.

He reports Zola as saying: “I don’t know, I was afraid you were going to ask me this.”

Read his comments here.

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Cheikh Ndoye became the first Birmingham City player to appear at a World Cup finals in 12 years when Senegal beat Poland.

The midfielder was included in Senegal boss and former Blues man Aliou Cisse’s squad for the tournament and came on as a substitute.

Ndoye only joined Blues last summer from French side Angers and made 40 appearances under three different managers in a turbulent first season at St Andrew’s.

But Garry Monk preferred to play David Davis and Maikel Kieftenbeld in the heart of midfield as Blues fought off the threat of relegation and with both players having signed new contracts this year, they could remain the manager’s favourite partnership.

What does the future hold?

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Former Birmingham City midfielder Mark Yates has landed

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Ex-Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola had this to say about those Chelsea rumours

Former Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola refused to comment on speculation linking him with a return to Chelsea.

Asked about the rumours he could be going back to Stamford Bridge as part of Maurizio Sarri’s back-room team, the Sardinian was diplomatic.

But journalist Duncan Castles claimed on Twitter that Zola was leaving Supersport’s World Cup coverage early to fly to London.

He reports Zola as saying: “I don’t know, I was afraid you were going to ask me this.

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“Really, I don’t know. There is a lot of rumours about me at the moment and nothing has happened.

“And we’ll wait and see what happens in the future. But honestly at the moment it’s only talking, but nothing is decided.”

Zola’s agent, Fulvio Marrucco, had previously suggested his client could be set for an emotional return to Chelsea.

“Zola is very happy with the rumours,” Marrucco told CalcioNapoli24. “His idols as coaches are Guardiola and Sarri. Working with Maurizio would be a fantastic thing.

“For him it would also be a homecoming. Chelsea is another home for Zola.

“He has remained in the hearts of all the [Chelsea] fans. No one has ever taken the No. 25 jersey. When he left Chelsea, 40,000 people arrived to greet him.

“We still have to wait a few days. I have no scheduled meetings.”

Zola could go back to be part of Sarri’s team or perhaps succeed departed Under 18s coach Jody Morris.

He last managed at Blues where he had an ill-starred five months which included just two wins.

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Birmingham City fans reacted with surprise to the news Rob Green is being considered as a goalkeeping option.

Website HITC made the link on Tuesday afternoon, suggesting that the 38-year-old is one of the names under consideration in Blues’ extremely fluid goalkeeping situation.

David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak have both been told they can leave the club, which means Blues will be after at least one replacement.

They have rookie Connal Trueman as next up fron the Under 23s, but Green’s age means many Blues

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'Surely it’s some Villa fan trying to wind us up' – Birmingham City fans respond to Rob Green rumour

Birmingham City fans reacted with surprise to the news Rob Green is being considered as a goalkeeping option.

Website HITC made the link on Tuesday afternoon, suggesting that the 38-year-old is one of the names under consideration in Blues’ extremely fluid goalkeeping situation.

David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak have both been told they can leave the club, which means Blues will be after at least one replacement.

They have rookie Connal Trueman as next up fron the Under 23s, but Green’s age means many Blues fans have misgivings.

Tom Craven: If we sign Rob Green then I hope we get another goalkeeper in, not wanting him as our number 1 keeper

@connor1thompson: Rob green would be second choice, monk wants two keepers with both kusz and stocks leaving

Kieran Lynch: Was always going to happen, can’t see him being number 1 so It’s not a bad move as a backup

@edbcfc: No way. There are better keepers. Sam Johnstone what’s wrong with him he can’t buy a game.

David Ian Turner: I trust Monk, but is Green really any better than what we have already? Or is it all a wages thing?

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@RichardTonry: Surely it’s some villa fan trying to wind us up about us being in for rob green we surely wouldn’t sign a 38 year old keeper would we

Linda Anne Goodman: No thank you at 38 should retire. Need someone in late 20’s if both keepers going to be allowed to leave

Martin Cleaver: The only time I’ve ever seen him play well was for Norwich against us in the playoff final

Jim Condon: surely Tommy K is as good

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Birmingham City have told Leeds United to up their offer if they want to sign David Stockdale, writes Brian Dick .

Leeds are interested in taking Stockdale to Eland Road and Blues are prepared to do business – but

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EFL Championship fixtures 2018/2019: Here's when Birmingham City's schedule is released

Blues, Albion and the other 22 Championship clubs will learn of their fixtures for the entire season Thursday 21 June. They’ll be announced at 9am.

You can learn who your team will be playing via the BirminghamLive website.

The new campaign is set to kick off over the weekend of the 4/5 August, though this is subject to change – Sky Sports have been known in the past to pick a match for the Friday previous (in this case, the 3rd).

When will the TV matches be selected?

The Premier League and Football League games from Sky Sports and BT Sport were revealed in early July last year, so going by that you can assume it’ll be a similar date this summer.

The EFL Cup commences…

The Carabao Cup, as it’s known, tends to marry the beginning of the domestic season.

It is set to begin the week commencing 13th August.

The draw for the first round tends to take place in the middle of June – it was June 16 last season – though at this point a date hasn’t been set in stone.

Carabao Cup How are the fixtures chosen?

The fixtures are not drawn at random, reports the Mirror.

It is instead a process that takes months, scheduling all matches across the four divisions.

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The season is broken down into five sets.

In any five matches there should be a split of three home and two away matches or the other way round. No team will ever have more than two home or away games in a row.

A team will also never start or finish the season with two home or two away games.

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What are the bookies saying about Birmingham City's Championship promotion and relegation odds?

Birmingham City will discover their Championship fixture list next week.

The season schedule is released on Thursday, 21 June at 9am.

Blues avoided relegation by five points last term under Garry Monk, having appointed the former Middlesbrough, Leeds and Swansea manager in March.

Monk’s men won five of their final 11 matches to achieve safety and will be aiming higher this time around.

Here’s the latest betting on Blues’ Championship prospects – starting with their chances of winning the division.

Winner (selected, SkyBet)

Stoke 6/1

West Brom 8/1

Leeds 10/1

Middlesbrough 10/1

Swansea 10/1

Aston Villa 14/1

Brentford 14/1

Nottingham Forest 14/1

Derby 16/1

Norwich 22/1

Sheffield Wednesday 22/1

Bristol City 25/1

Sheffield Utd 25/1

Wigan 25/1

Birmingham 28/1

Preston 28/1

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Stoke 9/4

West Brom 3/1

Middlesbrough 7/2

Swansea 7/2

Leeds 4/1

Brentford 5/1

Nottingham Forest 5/1

Aston Villa 11/2

Derby 11/2

Bristol City 15/2

Norwich 15/2

Sheffield Wednesday 15/2

Wigan 15/2

Birmingham 8/1

Preston 8/1

Sheffield Utd 8/1

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Rotherham 11/8

Bolton 7/4

Ipswich 11/4

QPR 4/1

Hull 9/2

Millwall 9/2

Reading 9/2

Blackburn 11/2

Aston Villa 6/1

Wigan 13/2

Birmingham 7/1

Bristol City 8/1

Sheffield Wednesday 8/1

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David Cotterill has spoken for the first time about his departure from Birmingham City and expressed his belief the club missed the chance of a return to the Premier League, writes Brian Dick.

The former Wales international was a key part of the Blues side which in December 2016 had risen to seventh with a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town.

However, Gary Rowett was sacked the next day, since when Blues’ fortunes nose-dived as a succession of managers have failed to match results with investment.

But with his former Swansea team-mate Garry Monk at the helm, Cotterill is once again optimistic about Birmingham’s future.

“Garry was

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Birmingham City considering former England goalkeeper – reports

Birmingham City are considering a move for former England goalkeeper Rob Green, according to reports.

Writing for HITC , Pete O’Rourke , says Blues are ‘weighing up’ making an offer to the 38-year-old free agent.

Green, who spent last season as back-up at Huddersfield, was released at the end of the campaign having been behind Jonas Lossl and Joel Coleman and without making an appearance.

Indeed his last league match came under current Blues boss Garry Monk when he was in charge at Leeds United. Green played 47 games for Monk when they were together at Elland Road during the 2016/2017 campaign.

(Image: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Blues are looking to revamp their goalkeeping department given the fact No. 1 David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak have both been told they are free to leave.

Green, who has also played for Norwich, West Ham and QPR, could come in to challenge for the starting berth or Blues might look at him as a No. 2.

Highly thought of rookie Connal Trueman, who appeared on the bench for the first team several time last season, will be hoping for more opportunities next term.

Green has 12 caps for England and was actually in goal for Norwich when Blues beat them in the 2002 play-off final in Cardiff.

poll loading Would you to see Rob Green come to Birmingham City? 0+ VOTES SO FAR Yes, to challenge as No. 1 Yes but only as an experienced back-up No, I prefer other options Blues news

Cheikh Ndoye could become the first Birmingham City player to appear at a World Cup finals in 12 years when Senegal face Poland this afternoon.

The midfielder was included in Senegal boss and former Blues man Aliou Cisse’s squad for the tournament.

Ndoye only joined Blues last summer from French side Angers and made 40 appearances under three different managers in a turbulent first season at St Andrew’s.

But Garry Monk preferred to play David Davis and Maikel Kieftenbeld in the heart of midfield as Blues fought off the threat of relegation and with both

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Aliou Cissue: The former Birmingham City midfielder managing Senegal at World Cup 2018

Ex-Birmingham City midfielder Aliou Cisse is fondly remembered at St Andrew’s after a particularly impressive debut season.

His move to Blues from Montpellier in 2002 coincided with the club’s first season back in the top flight for 16 years.

What became of Cisse and what’s he doing nowadays?

Shane Ireland reports:

WHAT WAS SAID WHEN HE ARRIVED

Steve Bruce admitted he decided to sign Cisse when he saw him play against Patrick Vieira in Senegal’s World Cup win over France.

“As soon as I saw his performance against France we confirmed that we would go ahead with the deal.

“When I saw his performance against possibly the best midfielder in the world in Vieira it made me push all the buttons to try and make the deal work.

“He can play in various positions but we see him ideally as a defensive midfield player.”

Read More CISSE WAS DELIGHTED TO BE PLAYING IN ENGLAND

Cisse said he was excited to be moving to St Andrews’.

“I am looking forward to playing in England and I know Steve Bruce from his time at Manchester United where he was a very good aggressive player,” he said.

“Birmingham are new to the Premiership and I am looking forward to the challenge. I adore the Premiership and I adore English football.

“You should aim high as a player and for me playing in the World Cup and now the Premiership is my way of doing that.

“To play at this level will mean so much to me.”

Read More HIS TIME AT BLUES

Cisse played an integral part in Birmingham’s midfield as they ended up confounding their pre-season critics who had tipped them for relegation, although his campaign was cut short with an injury in February.

Before that, in October 2002, Cisse lost 12 members of his family in a ferry disaster off the coast of Gambia. The Senegalese showed incredible resolve by helping Blues to victory at West Ham just three days later.

His time at St Andrew’s came to an end in

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How to get free five-a-side football in Birmingham this month – but there's a big catch

It’s the ultimate test of loyalty for England football fans.

Would they be willing to miss the Three Lions in World Cup action in exchange for free games of five-a-side football?

That’s the dilemma being presented by Goals after the UK’s leading five and seven-a-side provider announced it will offer completely free play during England’s group games against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium – including at the group’s two Birmingham clubs: Perry Barr and Star City.

Goals has more than 500 pitches across its 43 English clubs, meaning thousands of free hours of football are up for grabs during the three group games.

It promises to test the loyalties of the most committed English fans and footballers, who can enjoy the best of both worlds if they take on the challenge – playing for free then catching up on the big games after.

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Launching the promotion, Goals’ Head of Marketing J.P. Murphy said: “At Goals we just want to help people enjoy playing football and we know that can be difficult when there is game after game on live TV.

“With Are You Fan Enough? we are having a bit of fun with our customers to see who is willing to show their love for playing the beautiful game by doing so while their heroes are in action in Russia.

“They can enjoy the perfect footballing experience – a free game of fives then catch up on the World Cup action afterwards.

“It’s set to be a spectacular summer of sport but there’s no need to be trapped on the couch – prove you are fan enough by getting your football fix with GOALS, on and off the pitch.”

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A sports journalist for nearly 20 years after graduating from the University of Sheffield with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter for Press Association Sport, PlanetFootball.com and skysports.com. He is now a freelance journalist, working for ESPN among other clients. He has a particular expertise in breaking transfer news from all leagues across Europe and exclusive interviews.

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What the future holds for Cheikh Ndoye as Birmingham City man set for Senegal World Cup debut

Cheikh Ndoye could become the first Birmingham City player to appear at a World Cup finals in 12 years when Senegal face Poland this afternoon.

The midfielder was included in Senegal and former Blues man Aliou Cisse’s squad for the tournament.

Ndoye only joined Blues last summer from French side Angers but he played regularly under three different managers in a turbulent first season at St Andrew’s.

But Garry Monk preferred to play David Davis and Maikel Kieftenbeld in the heart of midfield as Blues fought off the threat of relegation and with both players having signed new contracts this year, they could remain the manager’s favourite partnership.

That could limit Ndoye’s first-team prospects ahead of next season and his future could come under the microscope this summer as Monk works through his first transfer window at St Andrew’s.

He was linked with a return to Angers earlier this summer and it’s likely that Blues would listen to interested enquiries for him.

The 32-year-old has 12 months left to run on the two-year deal he penned when arriving at Blues on a free transfer.

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Ndoye’s participation in Russia will see him become Blues’ first World Cup star since Stan Lazaridis represented Australia in 2006.

And he fancies Senegal’s chances. He said: “I think we have a good group at the World Cup with Poland, Japan and Colombia. We have a good squad, we are all friends, and get on with each other.

“Every match is tough, but we must remain professional and try our best. We’ve got to be professional, take one match at a time and see what happens.

“We have good strikers that can win us games, so I think we could do well.”

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Former Birmingham City midfielder Mark Yates has landed himself a new job.

The 48-year-old has left Solihull Moors to take over at Macclesfield

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Former Birmingham City man has just landed a new job

Former Birmingham City midfielder Mark Yates has landed himself a new job.

The 48-year-old has left Solihull Moors to take over at Macclesfield Town on a three-year deal.

Yates, who came through the Blues academy and went on to make over 50 appearances for the club, took charge at Solihull in December and steered them to an impressive survival revival.

Moors were bottom of the National League when Yates was appointed in November before he led them to safety.

He replaces John Askey at League Two Macclesfield after he joined Shrewsbury Town earlier this month.

“I’m really pleased. It’s happened really quickly but I’m joining a club with momentum and a club that are on the up,” he told the club website.

“Everybody at the football club did a fantastic job last season and I just want to carry that on in a very competitive League Two.

“I’m looking forward to working with the players that are here but also bringing in some new faces too.”

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“I’m delighted to announce Mark as our new manager,” club chairman Mark Blower said.

“He has all the attributes that we were looking for and I’m sure he will be a big asset for the football club. He has all the credentials to be the perfect man to lead Macclesfield Town on their return to the EFL.”

Solihull said in a statement: “Moors would like to place on record its appreciation for everything Yates brought to the club and we wish him every success back in the Football league

“Discussions on his replacement are ongoing and a further announcement is imminent.”

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Leeds United have not met Birmingham City’s valuation for goalkeeper David Stockdale, writes Brian Dick.

BirminghamLive understands the Elland Road outfit have tabled a bid but that it remains short of what Blues are looking to receive for an experienced player with two years remaining on his contract.

Stockdale has though been told he can leave the club just one year after joining from Brighton on a free transfer.

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