Transfer round-up: Dijks move hits stumbling block
Birmingham City have returned from their pre-season training camp in Austria where they spent a week training, played two friendlies and even made a signing!
Cheikh N`Doye joined the club on Friday morning as Harry Redknapp made the 31-year-old midfielder his third acquisition of the summer.
There have been a few bits and pieces floating around in the past few days, so here`s the latest Blues transfer news.
Reports in the Dutch press are suggesting that this deal is dead in the water. A €3m deal was on the table for the left back but the stumbling block is the players wage demands, with Blues unwilling to meet them. It`s clear that Redknapp is keen on strengthening the left back berth so he may well move onto a different target.
Told he can leave on a free by Middlesbrough, Blues are clearly interested in a deal to bring the former Villa man to St. Andrew`s. Redknapp is likely to hold talks with the player but faces competition from clubs in La Liga. The link hasn't proved popular with Blues fans - especially as it seems that Kerim Frei looks to be the player to be making way for the 32-year-old.
Six new faces?
Redknapp has been quoted in saying that SIX players could still arrive at the club this summer. The Blues boss is meeting with two targets today and clearly feels that this current squad needs a complete overhaul before we stand any chance of challenging for promotion. Six more new faces would mean a total of nine players would've signed for the club this summer, which hints that a fair few could be on their way out.
The old guard
Reports suggest that Ashley Cole would consider a move to Blues and Robbie Keane is expected to begin talks with the club this week. Personally, I could see these deals happening as Redknapp is obviously very keen on bringing in players who have been there and done it in their career.