Manchester City youngster Keyendrah Simmonds will have a medical at Birmingham City today ahead of a move to the Midlands, according to Sky Sports (Transfer Centre, 8:16am).
The Blues have been in the market for strikers in the final week of the window, with just Scott Hogan and Lukas Jutkiewicz as their options in the first half of the season.
And with Aitor Karanka desperate to boost his firepower, he has entered bids for multiple players in an attempt to get his side scoring again.
Sam Cosgrove looks like he’s joining from Aberdeen on a £2 million deal and Karanka still holds an interest in fellow Scottish Premiership striker Kevin Nisbet following a reported £2 million bid.
But a second striker does look to be following Cosgrove through the door in the form of Simmonds, who is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.
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The 19-year-old hasn’t featured much for City’s under-23 squad this season and it doesn’t look like they will be offering him a new deal, paving the way for him to join Birmingham.
Simmonds did score for City in an EFL Trophy game back in November against Lincoln City, which may indicate that he does have the quality to play at League One level right now, but he’s likely to be a bench player for the Blues once he signs on the dotted line and it will all depend on how he develops under Karanka.
This is a risk-free signing for Birmingham, and whilst Simmonds may not immediately be a game-changing starter, there’s every chance that Karanka could have him on the bench next week.
It’s been painfully obvious to everyone that the second city club have been lacking in the final third this season, with neither Hogan nor Jutkiewicz firing in the goals necessary to lift the team up the table.
Cosgrove will bring a physical presence and Simmonds will bring a bit more pace up-top, and it could even force a change in formation with the addition of new strikers potentially seeing tactics switch to a 4-4-2.