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Birmingham to open discussions with free agent defender next week

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Local media outlet The Birmingham Mail are reporting that Birmingham manager Gary Rowett will discuss a short term deal with Jordan Spence next week.

Birmingham City are desperate to add to a new defender – preferably a full back – to their ranks after being hit with a crisis at the back.

In the Second City derby clash with Aston Villa, Bournemouth loanee Rhoys Wiggins – who was making his debut – suffered a season-ending injury.

He joined Paul Caddis on the sidelines and the long-serving right back is also out for the foreseeable future.

This was only worsened when Jonathan Spector – another right back – saw red for a reckless challenge in Birmingham’s 1-0 victory over Bristol City at the weekend, leaving them with only four senior defenders ahead of this weekend’s clash.

This has forced Gary Rowett into action and he has had Jordan Spence training with the club with a view to winning a short-term deal.

The former West Ham academy graduate had been at Milton Keynes permanently for two years after a couple of successful loan spells.

A right back by trade, the 26-year-old can also operate at centre half and has even played left back before.

The former England under-21 international has also trained with Rotherham and Rowett has been impressed with his commitment.

However Rowett has revealed that he has not “promised” anything to Spence other than a possibility of a short term contract because the January window is not too far away.

Birmingham fans – would you snap Spence up on a free? Would you wait for January? Let us know in the comments below…


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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