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Birmingham make £4m bid for Palace winger

Birmingham have lodged a £4million bid for Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako.

Blues boss Gianfranco Zola is ready to make Sako the club's most expensive signing in seven years, Press Association Sport understands.

Bakary Sako is not a regular at Palace. Credit: PA

The Italian - appointed by new owners Trillion Trophy Asia - has lost three and drawn one of his four games in charge at St Andrew's following Monday's 3-1 home defeat to Brentford.

Zola, who replaced Gary Rowett last month, has £9million left to spend in January, having already used £1million to turn Lukas Jutkiewicz's loan from Burnley into a permanent switch.

Mali international Sako has played just four times for the Eagles this season and has not started in the Premier League.


Championship report: Birmingham 1-1 Aston Villa

Birmingham's David Davis (left) celebrates his equalising goal. Credit: PA

David Davis clinched a deserved point for Birmingham as Aston Villa escaped with a 1-1 derby draw.

The midfielder fired in a second-half equaliser after Gary Gardner had given Villa the lead with his first goal for the club.

Clayton Donaldson missed two golden chances in each half as Birmingham dominated for long spells but let Villa off the hook.

Jacques Maghoma wasted a fine opening and Ryan Shotton spurned a late chance to win it as former Blues boss Steve Bruce took a point on his St Andrew's return.

Birmingham chasing Norwich flop Van Wolfswinkel

Wolfswinkel is attracting interest from Birmingham. Credit: PA

Birmingham want to end Ricky van Wolfswinkel's Norwich nightmare.

The Blues have held talks with the Canaries over a season-long loan for their record signing, Press Association Sport understands.

Boss Gary Rowett believes he can revive the Dutchman's career after it came to a grinding halt following his £8.5m move to Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon in 2013.

Van Wolfswinkel has no future under Norwich manager Alex Neil and the Canaries would welcome the chance to move him on as he enters the final year of his contract.

He has scored just twice in 28 appearances and was loaned out to Saint Etienne and Real Betis in the last two seasons having flopped in Norfolk.

The 27-year-old scored just 12 goals during those loan spells and while he has played for the Canaries in pre-season his days are numbered with Neil targeting Fulham forward Ross McCormack.


Ex-Liverpool youngster pens Birmingham deal

Championship side Birmingham City have completed the signing of former Liverpool youngster Daniel Cleary on a one-year deal.

Defender Cleary will join up with Birmingham's Development Squad following his release from Anfield in the summer.

Birmingham dismiss Rowett rumours

Gary Rowett is going nowhere. Credit: PA

Birmingham have confirmed manager Gary Rowett will stay at the club amid speculation linking him with the vacant positions at Sky Bet Championship rivals QPR and Fulham.

The Blues are currently sixth in the table, while Rowett led them to a 10th-placed finish last season after taking over from Lee Clark in October 2014.

Birmingham City Football Club would like to put an end to recent speculation by confirming that Gary Rowett remains as manager.

Gary is fully committed to the Club and likewise the Club is fully committed to him.

We are all keen to put any uncertainty to bed and look forward to the continuation of the great work Gary has done since his appointment.

Fans can rest assured that everyone at the Club is together as one striving for further improvement and success, with Gary at the helm as manager.

The board will continue to fully support Gary in every way it can in trying to restore this great Club of ours to a position where we all want to be.

– Birmingham City

Wolves get the better of Birmingham

Wolves were on form. Credit: PA

Goals from Dave Edwards and Sheyi Ojo earned Wolves a worthy 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Edwards' first half strike and substitute Ojo's late effort ended Wolves' depressing run of three successive defeats, to the delight of their highly vocal fans.

It was a massive improvement on recent performances by the visitors. And there will be some concern with Birmingham's indifferent display in this derby following their impressive start to the season.

Birmingham compound miserable week for Brentford

Clayton Donaldson was on the scoresheet. Credit: PA

Brentford suffered their second home defeat in a week, going down 2-0 to mid-table Birmingham.

Former Bees striker Clayton Donaldson rubbed salt in the wounds of his old team-mates, racing clear to give the scoreline a flattering look deep into injury time.

Michael Morrison had given Blues the lead after 71 minutes, rising unmarked in the box to power home a header from a pinpoint David Cotterill corner. The setback capped a miserable week for Brentford, who sacked head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen just nine games into his Griffin Park reign.

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