Birmingham City may be forced to sell some of their players in January to balance the books.
Liam Ridgewell – Newcastle target in January?
That will hardly help new manager Chris Hughton, who is busy doing extremely well at Blackburn Rovers, after he had a terrific 18 months managing Newcastle United, when he got us promoted from the Championship with a massive 102 points in May last year.
Birmingham have won six and drawn three of their last 9 games in all competitions, and have been climbing the Championship table, after a so so start to the season when they lost five of their first ten games.
The Birmingham fans have again been let down by the failure of the officials to run things well financially, and of course it didn’t help when the owner, Hong Kong tycoon Carson Yeung, was arrested and charged with money laundering in June.
Newcastle tried to fortify their defensive options in late August by signing Liam Ridgewell, the former Aston Villa defender, and that deal could be back on, as he’s one of three players that Birmingham will need to sell in January.
The other two are Nikola Zigic and Jean Beausejour, and Newcastle may try to get 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger into the deal for Ridgewell.
The news from inside Newcastle is they want to move Ranger away from the area for his own good, as he faces two drink charges and one assault charge from his behaviour off the pitch in the Newcastle City center over the last few months.
Birmingham have not been able to provide any funding to Chris Hughton this season at all, and they have to sell before they can buy.
Chris tried to explain the situation and his relationship with acting Chairman Peter Pannu:
“I have a good relationship with Peter and there isn’t anything that has happened, or is likely to happen, that I won’t know about.”
“At this moment we are still a few months away from January and in that time nobody knows what might happen.”
With Newcastle doing so well this season, we expect the club to bring in at least three new players in January – a striker, a center-back and a central midfielder are the club’s targets in January, according to the local papers.
And with injuries starting to hit the small Newcastle squad, we expect owner Mike Ashley to support manager Alan Pardew in the transfer market and even spend some money this January.
The Magpies must now stand an excellent chance of finishing in the top 7 of the Premier League next May, and qualify for the Europa Cup next season, when a much bigger squad will be needed.
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