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The City of Birmingham are considering a move for the FC Groningen boss Danny Buijs.

Blues are currently looking to Pep Clotet successor, after it has been confirmed, before the resumption of the campaign, that the Spanish would be to take his leave from his position as Blues boss after the rest of the fixtures have been completed.

A host of names have been discussed already; Lee Bowyer, winner of the Carling Cup with the Blues, and the current Charlton boss, is in the course of the review, as are the ex-Blues boss Chris Hughton and the former Derby and Burton manager Nigel Clough.

Now Buijs has emerged as a candidate, according to the Daily Mail.

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Potential freebie

The City of Birmingham have been credited with an interest, soon to be free agent Tom Flanagan.

Centre-half Flanagan has been in the League A Sunderland for the past two seasons, and has made 64 appearances in the club at this time, as they have tried to make a return to the Championship.

The Northern Irish international is set to see his contract expires at the end of the month, but for the moment, he is yet to commit himself to an extended stay at the Stadium of Light.

This has led to speculation that clubs in the Championship are lined up, ready to propose to take Flanagan should he decide that his future lies away from Wearside.

Matty Godden holds Tom Flanagan to the bay.
Matty Godden holds Tom Flanagan to the bay.

The defender of the bond

The City of Birmingham have been linked with a move for soon-to-be free agent Chris Gunter.

Gunter, 30, is said to have written a contract extension at the Reading of which will enable him to see the rest of the season with the members of the Royal family.

He looks likely to move on once the campaign concludes, although, according to The Athletic, Blues are interested in signing him.

Gunter has spent the past eight seasons with Reading after joining from Nottingham Forest in 2012. During this time, he works regularly with the country of Wales and has now won 96 caps in total for his country.

Birmingham v Reading at St Andrew's. Reading's Chris Gunter
Birmingham v Reading at St Andrew’s. Reading’s Chris Gunter

Hughton speaks

Chris Hughton remains favourite to replace Pep Clotet as the City of Birmingham is next to the manager.

The former Blues boss emerged as a front runner to return to the club since Clotet, stunned fans by announcing that he will leave at the end of the season.

Hughton has spent a season with the Blues, as he has guided the club to the Europa League campaign, also to take them to the play-offs, where they fell agonisingly short. His stock with the fans at St Andrew’s remains disproportionately high, with most of the fans demanded his return.

Earlier in June, BirminghamLive have said that the chances of Hughton back to B9 were thin, with the ex-Newcastle United, Brighton and Norwich boss carefully assess its options. But in an interview with Sky Sports, Hughton has admitted that he can’t be ” too choosy about his next role, with a concern that he could be left behind if it is out of the game for too long.

Head elsewhere

The City of Birmingham are always looking for their next coach after Pep Clotet to the shock of the announcement that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Since Clotet the revelation of a whole series of names have been linked with the Blues job, with the likes of Chris Hughton, Nigel Clough and Lee Bowyer, all presented as possible options.

Neil Warnock was another manager linked with the role, with the ex-Cardiff City boss placed as a favourite of bookmakers earlier this month.


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