Birmingham City are set to re-sign Jake Clarke-Salter on loan from Chelsea as Aitor Karanka looks to strengthen his defence.
The 23-year-old is not going to get any game time at Stamford Bridge so a move to the Championship always seemed on the cards and it had been suggested that Sheffield Wednesday would land the centre-back ahead of rival interest from Derby and Huddersfield.
However, the situation has changed in the last 24 hours and reporter Pete O’Rourke has now revealed that a return to Blues will happen before the deadline at 5pm.
Clarke-Salter spent the previous campaign at St. Andrew’s, featuring in 19 games under Pep Clotet. Whilst he struggled at times initially, the left-footer was an impressive figure as the season progressed before injuries hindered his time on the pitch.
Providing this deal goes through as expected, he will provide Karanka with an additional option at the back and will seemingly be competition for George Friend for the left centre-back slot.
Blues are back in action when they host Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.
This is a very smart signing for Birmingham as they are probably one player short defensively, so Clarke-Salter will provide them with depth.
As well as that, they are bringing in someone who knows the league, the club and his teammates so he won’t take too long to settle.
For the player, it’s about impressing in training and trying to force his way into the XI, which will be a tough ask considering how Blues have started the season defensively.
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