Birmingham City face a crucial month, as Pep Clotet looks to get the Blues back on track and relieve some of the pressure that has begun to mount on him following a poor recent run of form in the league.
The Blues, though, did at least end a run of six matches without a win over the festive period by securing a 2-1 win against Blackburn Rovers at St Andrews in the FA Cup third round, but Clotet’s side have still only managed to win one of their last 12 matches in the Championship.
That suggests that Birmingham are in need of adding to their options this month, and Clotet will be hoping to bring in a couple of players to improve the quality within his squad, but the Blues will also be needing to ensure that they keep hold of some of their key players as well.
Birmingham have been linked with a potential move for Portsmouth goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray according to the Scottish Sun, Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic according to The Sun and Rangers’ Wes Foderingham according to the Daily Mail, as the Blues look to potentially bring in a new number one keeper this month, with Lee Camp having lost his place in goal to Connal Trueman.
Clotet has also suggested to the Birmingham Mail that the Blues are looking to add their attacking options during the transfer window, with Birmingham’s lack of attacking options evident against Blackburn at the weekend, when Alvaro Gimenez was their only real option with both Kerim Mrabti and Lukas Jutkiewicz rested.
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The Blues according to the Birmingham Mail are also in talks with Miguel Fernandez over extending his contract, with the striker having impressed with the club’s Under-23s during the first half of the campaign after joining the club from UE Cornella in the summer.
However, Birmingham could also face a battle to keep hold of some of their key performers this month, with Jutkiewicz being linked with a move to Nottingham Forest according to The Athletic, and Clotet will be hoping to keep hold of the striker who has been a key part of the Blues attack scoring eight Championship goals so far.
Another player who could potentially be on his way out of St Andrews is Jude Bellingham, with the promising midfielder attracting interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munch and Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal and Manchester United, according to The Mirror, following his impressive performanes for the club so far this term.