January 30, 2013 by Made In Brum
The eve of transfer deadline day will always create a stir. Stories and rumours float around all over the place, but what can you believe? We have been keeping a close eye on proceedings today, and after speaking to several contacts, we have tried to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. By the time you read this, it may all have changed. Below is the situation at 6.00pm.
JACK BUTLAND- It was reported today that Blues had accepted a £3.5m bid from Chelsea for the young goalkeeper. This is NOT the case. Dialogue was started between the two clubs, and Jack Butland ruled out a move if assurances about first team football were not made. No offer was made. Stoke City have declared interest in him.
CURTIS DAVIES- Wolves made a cheeky double offer for Davies and Marlon King, which was quickly rejected by Blues. They made it clear that the players would not be sold to a rival. Reports suggest that Norwich City have tabled a bid which has also been turned down. Reading have been sniffing around, but haven’t made an approach. Other reports state that Blues have advised interested parties that Davies ‘is not available’.
NATHAN REDMOND- Rumours suggesting that Watford have tabled a £2m bid for Redmond have been denied by the Birmingham City. They say it is nonsense.
CHRIS BURKE- Two bid’s from Nottingham Forest have been turned down. Forest confirmed they will not be making a third bid.
MARLON KING- Other than Wolves’ offer mentioned above, no other bid’s have been made for King. Reports state that Blues have advised clubs that King, as well as Davies, ‘is unavailable’. It is unclear how accurate that last statement is.
After telling the world that Blues desperately need to sell players, so far, all offers have been rejected. Take what you hear on Sky Sports and from tabloids with a pinch on salt, they have their own agenda’s and can not always be trusted. The usual reliable contacts being Colin Tattum, Tom Ross or the club itself.