After battling relegation for much of the 2020-21 Championship season, Birmingham City can look forward with a fan favourite as manager and hopefully better times ahead.
Lee Bowyer guided the Blues out of the mess that Aitor Karanka left the club in, and he will now be hoping to get backed in the transfer market to ensure they aren’t in another battle at the bottom next May.
Bowyer will be wanting to add players to his squad this summer, but rumours right now at St Andrew’s are pretty scarce, but there may be some business being done behind the scenes.
Let’s round-up at the latest transfer news coming out of the blue half of the second city this weekend.
League One bid made for linked winger
According to Football League World sources in April, Birmingham were interested in bringing Gillingham winger Jordan Graham back to the Midlands after a prolific season in League One.
The 26-year-old Coventry-born winger came through Aston Villa’s academy before spending five years at Wolves, but injuries meant he didn’t really get a chance to shine.
In Kent this season though Graham has flourished, scoring 12 goals and adding a further six assists to his tally and with confirmation of his Gillingham departure last month, it seems as though offers have started to come.
Not from Birmingham though – it’s League One play-off finalists Lincoln City who have made an offer for Graham to try and entice him to Sincil Bank according to FLW’s sources.
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Harper comments on dressing room following Blues loan
West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper spent the second half of the 2020-21 campaign on loan at the Blues, but he was sparingly used by Bowyer so you get the feeling he won’t be returning to the club on an extended deal.
He may have a part to play at The Hawthorns next season as the Baggies return to the Championship, but on his way out of Birmingham he’s praised the spirit of the dressing room and the club for giving him a chance.
“All the players there were so nice and welcoming, from the first day I felt at ease,” said Harper.
“There’s a mixture of young players and experienced players who have been there and done it.
“That’s the best thing – you can learn from the experienced ones and the young players are on the same journey as you.
“It was very enjoyable; I came to play and prove to myself I can play at this level and Blues gave me the opportunity.”