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Redknapp close to agreeing one-year deal at Birmingham

Redknapp celebrates keeping Birmingham in the Championship. Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp is close to agreeing a new one-year contract extension with Championship side Birmingham City, according to reports.

Harry Redknapp is close to agreeing a new one-year contract to stay on as Birmingham manager.

The 70-year-old has been in talks with the club and a deal could be finalised by the end of the week.

He spent Tuesday afternoon in discussions with owners Trillion Trophy Asia, having also met representatives on Sunday, and, unless there is a late hitch in negotiations, the ex-Tottenham manager is expected to stay.

Redknapp made no secret he would be open to becoming permanent manager, although needed assurances on the club's ambition and transfer budget.

Redknapp was appointed last month for the final three games of the season after Gianfranco Zola quit and kept the club in the Sky Bet Championship on the final day.

Sunday's 1-0 win at Bristol City ensured survival as Blues finished 19th, two points above the relegation zone, with Blackburn dropping into League One.

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Birmingham City board back beleaguered Zola

Zola has won just two of 22 matches since replacing Gary Rowett as manager. Credit: PA

Birmingham City have denied their are planning to replace under-pressure boss Gianfranco Zola.

Zola has lost 13 of his 22 games - winning just twice - since replacing Gary Rowett in December and Birmingham have slumped from seventh to 18th, six points above the bottom three.

Birmingham City would like to clarify the situation in regard to Gianfranco Zola after recent articles in the media over the weekend: the club has not lined up any manager to replace Gianfranco, who has the continual full support of the Blues Board of Directors.

Whilst we understand the frustrations caused by the run of results, the way the supporters got behind Gianfranco and the team on Saturday at St. Andrew's was typical of Blues fans' passion, care for the club and desire for success, which is what we all share and much appreciate.

The board and all departments at the club are keeping united and standing alongside Gianfranco, his staff and the players, to try and play the kind of football every Blues supporter deserves to watch.

– Birmingham City statement

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.

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