The Tamworth Herald is reporting that defender Ben Richards-Everton is currently training with Championship side Birmingham City.
The 23 year-old has not trained at all with Tamworth this summer despite the club re-engaging the terms of his contract and manager Dave Belford is insisting that the player will not leave unless the club is given compensation due to Richards-Everton being under the age of 24.
In fact, Belford is right to feel let down by his defender as he only found out through a third party that Richards-Everton was at Birmingham.
“He played for them in a pre-season friendly at Leamington”, said Belford in an interview.
“Whether they decide to follow up their interest, we will see but, regardless, I think that it is unlikely that we see Ben in a Tamworth shirt again. That said, the message for Birmingham City or anyone is that Ben won’t be leaving the club until he is 24, unless we receive a transfer fee or it goes to a tribunal.
“We have done everything we can as a club to help Ben over the last 18 months. We have invested a lot of time and effort in developing Ben as a player and we deserve some reward. The fee we have set is miniscule in my opinion.”
Despite being relegated from the Conference last season, defender Richards-Everton was a key player for The Lambs. His inspired performances helped the club go on a FA Cup run that saw them knock out League Two side Cheltenham and reach the third round where they were defeated by Bristol City.
The performances of the former England C Team international have caught the eye of many Football League clubs however it is Birmingham who have made the first move.