Birmingham City wrapped up the signing of Cheikh N’Doye on Friday, with news first breaking of the potential for the deal only the day before. In a time when rumours are rife and with a manager who is eminently quotable, how are Blues pulling these under the radar deals off?
The Birmingham City squad flew out to their pre-season training camp on Sunday complete with Ravel Morrison and news of a mystery trialist. However, the two signings that Harry Redknapp had wanted to make haven’t quite come off and the more excitable members of the Birmingham City support have started to worry.
In April EFL clubs agreed to a proposal that all clubs in the Football League would have to name a player who was “club-developed” in their matchday squad as one of seven “home-grown” players from the 2018-19 season.
The summer has seen changes for both Birmingham City and Birmingham International Holdings. The latter went through a name change, becoming Birmingham Sports Holdings as the new regime look to move on from times of old.
Birmingham City sank further into the mire on Good Friday, conceding a late equaliser to Rotherham pulling them closer to the relegation mix. The match was marred by fights between fans in the stand and between players on the pitch after the final whistle. Surely, surely, something has to change?
It looks like the transfer window is kicking into life at St Andrews with purported deals for Rene Krhin from Granada CF and Craig Gardner from West Bromwich Albion edging close to completion. While these transfers and more will be discussed ad nauseum on the internet, I wanted to look at the Krhin deal in particular as a change in focus at Blues.