January Transfer Window – the ins and outs

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This January Transfer Window looks to be a huge sale for Blues and we can expect the club to flog several players in the next 3-4 weeks.

However, Steve Cotterill has made it clear he will be selective in his pickings in terms of any incoming transfers.

We take a look at who has been linked already and who could be shown the door in the near future:

INS

David McGoldrick (above) – the goalscorer Blues need?

Blues are currently battling it out with Cardiff for the signature of Ipswich Town’s McGoldrick.

The striker’s contract is up in the summer and scored eight goals in 15 games at the start of the season.

The Daily Sun reports Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy could be persuaded into parting with the 30-year-old.

A return for Jerome?

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One player that has been amongst the championship headlines is Cameron Jerome. Out of favour at Norwich, the front man could prove to be a valuable asset in the short term for Cotterill.

It’s believed the Canaries are looking to slash their wage bill as Jerome can only make the bench, at best, behind Nelson Oliveira. The 31-year-old still has goals in his locker and with Sam Gallagher hitting goalscoring form, Jerome could be the suitable partner he’s looking for.

However, the Blues boss has remained tight lipped on the interested surrounding the forward:

“I would imagine there is probably a lot of clubs linked with Cameron Jerome at this moment in time,” said the Brum boss after his side’s 2-0 win over Reading.

“But I don’t talk about players that are other clubs’ unless the deal is done and they end up being our player. I wouldn’t disrespect Norwich or any other club.”

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Jason Lowe’s future in doubt

Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder is being tipped to return to Lancashire, after falling down the pecking order at St Andrews.

Lowe was signed by Harry Redknapp in the summer, but has only made 3 appearances since then, none of those under Cotterill.

The 26-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in the Preston game and because of that, his season never really got going.

There midfield department is strong at the moment, with Kieftenbeld, Davis and Gardner further cementing their place in the starting 11 after two back to back wins in the league.

Arsenal duo Jenkinson and Brammall

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Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Brammall could find their loan spells at the club cut short.

Injury has plagued both of them this season and now match fitness is a factor if they are to start ahead of Colin and Jonathan Grounds, who look to have both cemented their places in the starting lineup.

Here’s what the Blues boss had to say about the future of the Arsenal men:

“I think things will unfold this month regarding those two lads,” he said.

“There are probably discussions to be had from all quarters on that one.

“But nothing I can elaborate with you right now, if I am honest.

“There have been a few other things that have been pressing over the last nine days – like four games and a fifth one on Saturday, so there hasn’t been a lot of time to discuss those sorts of things.

“Now the window’s open obviously things can happen and those situations we need to look at.”

Sending them both back to London could prove to be smart business from the former Bristol City boss and having two less loanee’s on the books could entice Cotterill to dip into the loan market for players of high quality and that can play in positions we are weaker in.

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Kieftenbeld to stay?

The Dutchman has been an instrumental part in helping Blues find some form and Cotterill is hoping to keep hold of this man in this window.

The failed transfer to Derby has served as a blessing in disguise or maybe he messed the papers up because he wanted to stay anyway, who knows…

What we do know is, Kief’s contract is up at the end of the season and if a new one is offered, many Blues fans will feel that would be the best bit of business we could make this month, especially with the likes of second place Derby sniffing around!

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Che out the door?

It looks like our main frontman is here to stay, for the time being anyway…

Che squashed the rumour of him going to Derby for £12million last week by saying:

“I am here at Birmingham, I am really happy at Birmingham and I want to keep playing for Birmingham, that’s it.”

“I just now want to get out there and do what I can to help the team move up the league.”

With the 21-year-old now back to full fitness and back in contention in the side, now is the best time for him to kick on and help us rise up the table.

Yes, £12million would be nice in our back pocket, but would Blues be able to pull a similar player of his stature to the club? I don’t think they could for that price, certainly not in this window.

The month ahead

Although there are a lot of departures expected, Cotterill has been in talks with Dong about how they tackle this transfer window:

“There has been lots of talking with other clubs and with the CEO Dong. There’s a lot to discuss,” he said.

“Probably that’s what happens for three weeks and then everything happens in the last week.”

What are your thoughts, do you see any of these departures coming to light and who would you like to see us sign? Let us know @bcfcfollowers or simply comment below!

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  1. With Adams seemingly back to fitness and Gallagher starting to look like a centre forward, we definitely need a player who can command the midfield and supply those two with the necessary passes. With those two upfront, we just might start scoring on a regular basis.

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