Championship side Birmingham City are no longer under a transfer embargo and can buy and sell players freely this summer, according to Birmingham Live.
The Blues were one of ten second tier sides to be placed under an embargo by the EFL in March with many sides facing financial issues due to the effects of Covid-19 and high wage bills – but the governing body also didn’t recognise there was a three-month extension for Championship sides to file their accounts for the 2019/20 season – and was the main reason as to why so many sides were affected by these measures three months ago.
As per the same Birmingham Live report, the West Midlands side were quick to resolve this issue and with Lee Bowyer itching to recruit reinforcements in his first window as Birmingham boss, he now has the opportunity to conduct the business he needs to complete to guide his side to a more comfortable finish next season.
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Bowyer’s side finished 18th in the Championship last year after being in grave danger of being relegated under former boss Aitor Karanka, but this is no anomaly with the St Andrew’s club consistently finishing in the lower half of the second tier in recent years.
They will now be hoping to gain an advantage over those who are still under an embargo and get a few of their essential deals completed early.
This news will come as a huge relief to fans who have already seen their side struggle in previous seasons without the shackles of a transfer ban. After breaching EFL and sustainability rules in the 2018/19 campaign, they were docked nine points and will look to stay within their limits to prevent that from happening again.
However, with financial problems continuing to hamper sides like Derby County and Reading, some Championship teams may not be exiting the EFL’s strict transfer measures anytime soon and could be weakened going into next season as a result.
This threat to their competitors will be seen as an opportunity by Lee Bowyer and the Birmingham board who will not be wanting to face the prospect of being relegated to the third tier again for the foreseeable future.