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Gossip Folks – The Transfer Rumour Mill (Winter 2013 Edition) Week Two
We’re almost halfway through the January transfer window and as yet Birmingham City have yet to do any business either inwards or outwards. This hasn’t stopped the rumours from flowing and there does seem to be some more solid action that points to potential departures in the next week.
As always, I have updated the spreadsheet here with stuff I have seen around this week. The big story was that Nottingham Forest have made a proper bid for Chris Burke that was apparently in the region of £300,000 which was rejected by Blues. Forest, who are now managed by Alex McLeish who of course brought Burke to St Andrews are expected to come back in for the Scottish winger and it’s my personal belief that they will sign him sooner or later.
There has also been a firm enquiry for Jake Jervis, backing up one of last week‘s tweets from James Nursey. Turkish side Elazigspor, who lie 16th in the Turkish Superlig, three points from safety having lost to Sivasspor this weekend have apparently offered 50,000 euros for the 21-year-old striker and now Jake has to make the choice of whether to move to Turkey to continue his professional career. The club have seemingly confirmed that they are open to offers for the young striker and I think it’ll be a matter of time before he’s taken on by someone.
However, I think that the big business of this window is still to come. I’m of the belief that Blues will need more than the sales of Burke and Jervis to get them through the season and I wonder if we’ll see someone like Curtis Davies or Marlon King moved on if interest in Jack Butland doesn’t firm up any further. Whilst Blues do need to sell I hope desperation doesn’t set in and it could be that clubs are waiting Blues out knowing that they’ll be able to pick up a bargain in the last days of January.
If you have seen a story that I haven’t (please nothing from before January 1) then leave a comment or drop me a line and I’ll add it to the spreadsheet.