Birmingham City boost defender interest as new Sam Cosgrove ‘favourite’

it’s time for change

Bristol City CEO Richard Gould believes the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules are ‘useless’ and need urgent reform.

Robbins chief has expressed fears that his club will breach existing financial Fair Play guidelines, which limit losses to £39 million over a three-year period.

Birmingham City fell out with him in a foul after a doomed spending spree in 2017, costing him a nine-point cut two years later.

Reading and Derby County have also been docked this season and Gould believes more clubs are going to be flouting league rules, especially now that losses are likely to be enormous due to the pandemic.

For the most part the entire 2020/2021 Championship season was played behind closed doors, with all 24 clubs pocketed.

And Gould says this should be taken into account as his club risks exceeding the upper limit of losses.

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Salford City have emerged as the favorites to secure the services of Birmingham City striker Sam Cosgrove.

it is according to daily Record, who claim the 25-year-old is set to leave Division One and join Gary Boyer’s League Two side to end his spell with Shrewsbury Town.

Record Sport has previously claimed that Dundee had failed in an ambitious loan bid for the former Aberdeen forward.

They say that Dundee boss James McPeak had agreed a deal with the Blues but Cosgrove had decided he wanted to stay in England.

Salford, currently 11th on the table, have enjoyed some renaissance in recent months and are still hoping to enter the play-offs.

Cosgrove moved to the Blues from Aberdeen in January’s transfer window last year, for a deal that could be worth £2million.

He did so on the back of an excellent couple of seasons at Pittodri, scoring 47 goals in three years.

However, he did not start a game under the head coach who signed him – Ettore Karanka – and made only two starts by Lee Boyer, once championship safety was secured. In the second of them he was replaced at half-time.

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Birmingham City has increased its interest in Swansea City’s Jake Bidwell, BirminghamLive understands.

The 28-year-old is out of contract over the summer and, like the Blues are with Kristian Pedersen, Swansea is faced with the dilemma of trying to find some value in the defender, or to convince him to commit to his future. is trying.

The Blues were first linked with Bidwell before the transfer window opened – at a time when he was one of the few options being considered on the left side of the defence.

They are now trying to secure a deal for a player that has a lot of interest, given his position as one of the better left-backs in the division.

BirminghamLive have been told of an interest in Pedersen, although it seems logical to think that the Blues would like to be sure of a replacement before the Dane is allowed to move on.

relay race

Riley McGree could finally stay in the championship, with claims Middlesbrough has made a “last ditch” attempt to take the former Birmingham City loan player from right under Celtic’s nose.

McGree has spent the past 14 months on loan from Charlotte but is set to join the MLS expansion franchise on January 1.

The Blues were eager to keep him – and McGree expressed his love for the club – but they did not appear to be able to meet Charlotte’s financial demands.

Rumors of Middlesbrough’s interest surfaced last week, after Celtic agreed to a package worth more than £3million.

However, reports in the national media are now claiming that Borough, who are ranked seventh in the league, are expected to land a player who became increasingly influential towards the end of his time at St Andrews.

Actually daily mail Reckon Borough has raised Celtic’s bid by £2m and has offered wages of around £14,000 per week.

But Sun are saying the two clubs are trying to agree a fee with Charlotte and McGree’s representatives are ‘trying to get the best contract out of those clubs’.

They say that Borough is ‘working too hard’ for a player who scores three times in 30 matches for the Blues and how he proved himself to be an excellent replacement for the injured Tahit Chong.