Garry Monk’s Birmingham City are looking at a move for Ipswich Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, according to reports from Birmingham Live.
The 31-year old is still under contract at Portman Road and new manager Paul Hurst is thought to want to hang on to him. That hasn’t stopped Blues interest though and the Tractor Boys know he could walk away for nothing next summer.
The Blues are in the hunt for at least one new keeper after both David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak were told they are free to leave. Neither Stockdale or Kuszczak has travelled with the first team squad to their pre-season training camp in Austria.
Bialkowski has spent three seasons at Portman Road following a move from League One Notts County in 2014. He previously spent seven seasons with Southampton, but made just 22 Football League appearances during that time.
He has one cap for his country and was named in Poland’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He failed to make an appearance as they were eliminated in the group stages, with both Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny ahead of him in the pecking order.
Bialkowski has been a slow burner, spending lots of time on the bench at St Mary’s before seeking first team football. Since then he’s truly kicked on and has impressed during his stay at Ipswich.
Monk needs to sort the keeper situation soon and Bialkowski would be a solid investment.
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