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Arsenal youngster heads to Birmingham on loan

Polish youngster Krystian Bielik has joined Birmingham City on loan from Arsenal for the remainder of the season.

Bielik has made two senior appearances for the Gunners since arriving from Legia Warsaw.

He has all the qualities and ingredients to be a top-level centre-back.

The one thing he is missing is the experience in this position because he came to us as a central midfielder, but I converted him because I felt he can play the type of football we want to play as a centre-back.

– Arsene Wenger

Watford striker moves to Championship on loan

Birmingham City have brought in striker Jerome Sinclair on loan for the rest of the campaign from Watford.

Sinclair, who left Liverpool last summer, has struggled to cement his place in the team at Vicarage Road.


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
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