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Birmingham City are believed to be targeting a deal to sign AFC Wimbledon forward Joe Pigott according to a report from TEAMtalk.
Pigott has caught the eye with some impressive performances for the League One side, and has scored 37 goals in 117 appearances in his time with the club to date.
AFC Wimbledon are currently sat 11th in the third-tier standings, and will be eager to keep hold of their star man. However, they might be fighting a losing battle with this one, as Pigott is out-of-contract at the end of this year’s campaign.
A move to Birmingham could tempt the forward as well, with the Blues looking to push themselves further up the Championship table.
They face a fight to land his signature though, with Derby County and Bristol City also believed to be keen on a deal to sign the 26-year-old.
But would Pigott be a good signing for Birmingham in the January transfer window?
Pigott is a top player and deserves a shot in the Championship.
Birmingham clearly need more goals in their side with Scott Hogan struggling for form and I think Pigott is the sort of forward that the Blues and Aitor Karanka’s playing style would suit.
He’s shown on plenty of occasions he can cut it easily at League One level and I am sure he’d be itching for a move to the Championship to show what he could do if it materialised.
Wimbledon will obviously want to keep him, but I could see the Blues managing to get him if they made a real effort to bring him in.
I really like this move from the Blues.
Hogan and Jutkiewicz haven’t quite started firing this term and though Jonathan Leko looks a promising young player, you feel Karanka needs to add more firepower in the final third.
Pigott could provide just that and it’s no surprise to see multiple Championship clubs sniffing around the Wimbledon man.
The 26-year-old has made a very fast start to the season, scoring five times and adding four assists in 10 games, and could provide the attacking impetus that Birmingham have lacked in the opposition box at times this term.
On top of that, he’s not a player that should cost too much and so could be a shrewd bit of business.
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Well, they clearly need a new attacking option.
The lack of goals is a major issue and it’s something they need to address in the New Year, even if the strikers aren’t getting enough service.
Obviously, Blues fans would prefer a proven Championship forward to sign but they may not be in a position to attract such a player. So, if they have to take a risk, then looking to the lower leagues would be sensible and Pigott looks ready to make the step up. At 26, he is a good age and he will have the hunger to prove himself.
It would be a low risk move that could pay off spectacularly for Blues if it goes to plan.