Birmingham City transfers live: Blues looking for loan move after Charlton deal breaks down
How things stand
Birmingham City have just today to put the finishing touches to Aitor Karanka’s squad.
To be fair to Blues the arrival of ten new players has already made this transfer window – on paper at least – a very successful one.
However, as we all know football matches aren’t played on paper andfollowers know more than most that mass recruitment drives don’t always pay dividends.
Think back to the summer of 2017 when Harry Redknapp and Xuandong Ren brought 13 new players to the club and within eight matches the former was gone and over the following three years the latter was left to repent at leisure.
Transfer restrictions, a points deduction, an EFL reprimand and a couple of relegation battles later and only now has the ship steadied.
However, that’s old ground, Blues seem more stable under the management ofand most of the players who have come to the club certainly seem hand-picked by the head coach and there’s a logicality to what’s been done so far.
Which means the remaining few hours, with the window due to shut at 5pm on Friday, October 16, will not define the summer’s trading.
The Jude Bellingham money has come at an essential time – the hope is it has been spent wisely on players who can be fashioned into team capable of challenging in what is an open Championship.
So what are we expecting over the rest of the day?
On one hand Karanka is very willing to talk about the players who might be leaving – on the other it’s blood and stone time when it comes to incomings.
An ideal Deadline Day would probably mean a net reduction in players for the head coach.
It is obvious Blues remain open for business in terms of bringing one or two in, that is more likely to be a loan than a splashy permanent signing.
While they were linked with Danny Batth and are clearly light at full back, BirminghamLive understands new arrivals are more likely to be attacking rather than defensive. So far it seems as though they have kept their preferred candidates under wraps.
Karanka has been more effusive about the efforts being made to find new clubs for Maikel Kieftenbeld and David Davis.
Both continue to train with the first team but while that could change today, there wasn’t anything in the pipeline as of yesterday evening.
Blues will also try to find some senior experience for young players like Odin Bailey who has had a couple of nibbles at League One level without anything crystallising into a loan move.
If this window has told us anything though, it’s that Blues have the capacity to pull a coup and it would be totally in keeping with this window if they managed just one more.
How times have changed from the last deadline day when they were messed around by Bright Enobakhare and Renat Dadashov.