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Birmingham and Cardiff City set for January tug-of-war over commanding player



Cardiff City and Birmingham City are interested in a deal for Greek defender Kostas Triantafyllopoulos, according to reports in HITC.

The 24-year-old has impressed for club side Asteras Tripoli in his homeland, and clubs from the English second tier are said to be interested in bringing the player to England in January.

A former Greek U21 international, the player is yet to make his senior bow for his country, but a switch to England could allow the young star to realise his international dream.

Both the Bluebirds and the Blues have sent scouts to Greece to monitor the progress of the defender, with both sides impressed enough by what they have seen to launch a January swoop.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock is keen to strengthen his back-line as his side go in search of an automatic promotion spot, whereas new Birmingham manager Steve Cotterill needs the Greek to bolster his defence as the Blues stave off the threat of relegation once more.

The Verdict

The Greek youngster (don’t make me write his name again), has been in sensational form since joining Asteras from Panathinaikos last year, and is being touted for an international call-up in the near future.

The player could be keen to move to England, and Cardiff could arguably be his preferred destination if Warnock’s side can remain in the promotion mix come January, with the Premier League the pinnacle for players across the global game.

Triantafyllopoulos (excellent use of copy and paste) will command a sizeable fee, but both sides will not be put off by this, as they chase their respective targets this season.

Birmingham and Cardiff fans, are you defences in need of work or are other areas of the field in need of more attention? Have your say below…