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Blues linked with German Defender
German press have reported that Felix Burmeister of Arminia Bielfield has been training with Birmingham City with a view to moving to Blues from Germany.
Westfalen-Blatt reports that the 25-year-old German central defender has been training with the club from yesterday ahead of a possible move. The 6’1 centre-back is out of contract at the end of the season having only made three appearances for the 2. Bundesliga outfit.
Blues have looked to the continent this year for recruits with mixed effects; Maikel Kieftenbeld has become a midfield regular and has settled in well while Nicolai Brock-Madsen has struggled to make an impact after his £400,000 move from Randers.
I’d be interested to know if Burmeister would be of the required standard; Arminia aren’t exactly tearing up the German second division and he’s barely appeared for them this season. Burmeister has played the majority of his career in the German 3rd and 4th tiers so it could be that England is a big step up for him.
Blues have also had Tottenham u18 defender Chris Paul on trial with the Spurs youngster playing in a development squad friendly against Oxford United at Wast Hills today. Blues lost that game 4-3 with Alex Jones scoring a hat-trick; that being said it was a very young Blues side who also played two trialists from the Blues Community Trust team up against an Oxford side with first team experience.
With Montell Moore playing for the development squad on Monday it shows once again that Blues are intent on beefing up their u21 side ahead of the end of being able to loan in young players; it’s something I’ve long supported and hopefully it will mean an increased number of players developed through the club will make it to the first eleven.