Birmingham City are expected to complete the signing of right-back Yan Valery on loan from Southampton on deadline day.
The 21-year-old was highly-rated on the south coast after breaking into the first-team, and he has actually made 34 appearances in the Premier League over the past two seasons.
However, he has found game time hard to come by in this campaign, and the fact Ralph Hassenhutl preferred to play James Ward-Prowse out of position instead of turning to Valery against Aston Villa this weekend following Kyle Walker-Peters’ injury was telling.
And, according to Foot Mercato, the defender is now expected to secure a temporary switch away.
They claim that Blues have reached an agreement with the player over the transfer, although they still need further talks with Southampton before the deal is completely signed off, but that shouldn’t be problematic.
If this does happen, it will cap off a busy end to the window for Aitor Karanka, after Sam Cosgrove was brought in yesterday and further additions could follow as the Spaniard looks to strengthen the squad in a bid to avoid relegation.
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This would be a decent capture for Birmingham as Valery had generally done well in the top-flight. He is quick, strong and likes to get forward from full-back.
Those qualities would help Blues, and it would more importantly provide them with more depth in a position they are lacking strength in depth.
So, fans will be hoping this goes through, and it will be interesting to see if any more new recruits follow.
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