Championship side Birmingham City have been given a significant boost in their pursuit of Ajax defender Mitchell Dijks, according to reports in the Netherlands (via The Birmingham Mail).
The 24-year-old came up through the youth ranks at the Dutch giants before earning his senior debut for the club back in August 2012 by starting their Johan Cruyff Shield defeat to PSV Eindhoven.
And he has since gone on to earn a further 67 appearances for the club in recent years, of which 20 came last season as the side finished second in the Eredivisie and of course reached the final of the Europa League, only to lose to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
And his lack of first team action, which saw him shipped out on loan to Norwich City last term, has reportedly attracted the attention of Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp in recent weeks, who has confirmed that they have indeed made an enquiry for the Dutchman about a potential move this summer.
And they have now received an even greater boost in pursuit of Dijks, as recent reports in the Netherlands suggest that the left-back has been left out of the Ajax squad for their pre-season training camp in Austria.
This further underlines Dijks’ lowly position in the pecking order at the Johan Cruyff Arena, which will surely be of great interest to Blues chief Redknapp, who be seeking reinforcements to his squad so that they are not needing victory on the final day of the season to avoid relegation to League One, like they were last time round.
It remains to be seen whether Birmingham do indeed firm up their interest in Dijks with a formal bid, but what does seem clear is that his time at Ajax is likely to be coming to an end this summer.
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