News this morning that Glasgow Celtic and Newcastle are monitoring James McFadden’s contractual situation at Birmingham.
James McFadden – Newcastle monitoring situation
There are some reports that James could leave Birmingham this summer.
McFadden has just one year left on his existing deal at St Andrew’s, and he is yet to sign an extension to his contract.
James has been at Birmingham a couple of years now and has played 63 times with 9 goals for the Midlands club.
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish obviously does not want to lose his influential striker, who had an excellent season for Birmingham last season when the team finished in 9th place, after gaining promotion last summer in second place to Wolves in the Championship.
James started his career with Motherwell before moving to Everton, and Glasgow Celtic are also interested in the player, and reports suggest they could bid £3M for the Glasgow-born striker, who can also play out on the wing.
It could be that James is one of the players that could be available that Newcastle didn’t expect to be this summer, and the reports suggest the Tyneside club are keeping a close watch on McFadden’s contract developments at Birmingham.
If James doesn’t sign a new contract this summer, then Birmingham may elect to sell him now, rather than lose him for nothing next summer, when he will be a free agent.
We’ll follow any developments.