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Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet is looking to strengthen his squad, with the Blues having two bids for Peterborough United attacker Marcus Maddison turned down, according to Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony on Twitter.
Maddison has been in good form so-far this season with 10 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions, but is out of contract in the summer, though he does have a £2.5million buy-out clause written into his current Posh deal.
So would Maddison have proved a good addition at St Andrews?
“Maddison is one of the most exciting players in League One and his record is undeniable, having scored 41 goals and contributed 72 assists since the start of the 2016/17 season.
“The 26-year-old deserves a chance to prove himself at Championship level and you feel his arrival would’ve been a big boost for a Blues side that are struggling at the moment.
“I would question whether attacking midfield is the area that they need to strengthen the most but for me, Maddison would be an excellent signing to most Championship sides and I think he would’ve been a fantastic addition for Birmingham.”
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“Maddison started the season on fire. He and Peterborough were scoring goals for fun, along with the likes of Ivan Toney Mo Eisa. These three were unplayable as the Posh got off to a flying start to the League One campaign but their form has since dropped and so too has the trio’s.
“Nevertheless, Maddison has remained a wanted man in the EFL. Birmingham have shown an interest along with a number of other clubs, but have had their initial bid rejected. With Posh dropping out of the play-offs and looking set for another average season, Maddison may now push for a move.
“He’d be a great addition to any squad in the Championship – he’s got all the attributes of a fine attacking player, and goals is something that Birmingham have missed out on this season. Pep Clotet’s side are slipping closer to the drop zone, and a player like Maddison would ensure their safety.
“Clotet should move to bring Maddison to St Andrew’s. Though his form has taken a tumble it can probably be accredited to his team’s form – a move to a new club should revitalise his season. He’s got the ability to play in the second-tier, he just needs to make the move happen.”
“There’s no doubting that Marcus Maddison would have been a good signing for Birmingham City.
“The attacking midfielder has been outstanding for Peterborough this season and has been key to their promotion push.
“Birmingham are certainly in need of a creative spark and Maddison would no doubt have ticked the box.
“However the rejected offer for the midfielder will be a huge blow with Charlton now thought to be leading the charge.
“Maddison is clearly capable of playing in the second tier and whoever gets his signature will have done very well.
“The only surprise is that it’s taken him this long to find his way to the Championship.”