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Birmingham City move closer to completing deal for Leeds United target



Birmingham City’s move for Kristian Pedersen has edged closer to completion following FC Union Berlin’s recent transfer activity, reports in Germany suggest.

According to BZ-Berlin, Union Berlin’s signing of Ken Reichel from Braunschweig will pave the way for Pedersen to join Birmingham.

Pedersen has been a long-term target for the Blues, who are hoping to add competition for Jonathan Grounds at left-back.

The 23-year-old, who has also been linked with Leeds United, plays predominantly as a left-back but is also comfortable further forward as a left-winger.

Pedersen has been with 2. Bundesliga side Union Berlin since joining from HB Koge in 2016, penning a three-year deal.

But with one year remaining on his contract with the German second tier side, the former Denmark under-21 international looks set to swap Union Berlin for Birmingham.

Pedersen is closing in on a switch to St Andrew’s, where he would team up with former Leeds and Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk ahead of their Championship campaign.

The Danish defender has already held talks with the Blues over his move after the club agreed a fee worth about £2.2m for his services with Union Berlin.

The Verdict

Pedersen is an unproven quantity in the Championship, having never played in England before.

£2.2m is a reasonable fee to pay for someone with little experience of playing at a high level and it remains to be seen whether he will fit in with the Blues.

But Monk has wanted Pedersen for some time and he has clearly done some excessive scouting to pursue his services for this long.

Birmingham fans – Would you be happy with this signing? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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