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Birmingham City to offload player on temporary basis as deadline moves closer

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Wycombe Wanderers are close to finalising a deal for Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale, according to Football Insider.

Stockdale, who is out of contract with Birmingham in the summer, has reportedly agreed terms to join the League One side in a loan deal until the end of the campaign.

The former Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion stopper is down the pecking order at St. Andrew’s, and has only featured once for the Blues this season – in Birmingham’s loss to Portsmouth at Fratton Park in the EFL Cup in August.

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The 34-year-old is familiar with Wycombe, having spent time at the Buckinghamshire club last season on an emergency loan deal, making two appearances. That was one of three short-term loan spells away from Birmingham for Stockdale during 2018-19, with Southend and Coventry being the other two.

With Wycombe still in the running for automatic promotion from League One this season, Gareth Ainsworth is keen to strengthen key areas of his squad to give his side the best chance of achieving success. Ryan Allsop has played every league game for the Chairboys this season, but 20-year-old Cameron Yates is the only backup goalkeeper currently available at Adams Park.

Stockdale joined Birmingham City in the summer of 2017 from Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer, and has gone on to make a total of 40 appearances for the club during a two-and-a-half year spell at St. Andrew’s.

The Verdict

This could be a good deal for all parties, as Stockdale does not seem to be getting a look in at Birmingham under Pep Clotet.

Wycombe are after an established goalkeeper to give Ryan Allsop competition for the remainder of the season, and Stockdale would be a good signing for League One. This potential deal would also make it likely that Stockdale departs St Andrew’s permanently in the summer.

Having already spent time at Wycombe, it will be easier for him to fit in at the club and it could be the move he needs to get his career back on track.


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