Birmingham City have reportedly made an enquiry for Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Darlow, 29, is rumoured to be of interest to new Blues boss Aitor Karanka who is looking to strengthen his goalkeeping department ahead of the new season.
Experienced duo Lee Camp and David Stockdale have left Blues, while Moha Ramos has returned to Real Madrid and rookie Connal Trueman has joined League One club AFC Wimbledon on loan.
However, according to Football Insider, Newcastle have knocked back Blues’ enquiry for Darlow. The Magpies want an established back-up for number one Martin Dubravka and would need to sign a replacement for Darlow before entertaining any approaches.
Why should you sign up?
In our daily Birmingham City bulletin, we’ll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans.
How do you sign up?
It’s easy and only takes seconds.
Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up.
And that’s it, you’re all set. You can also sign up here.
If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters – but we don’t think you’ll want to.
And what’s more, it’s absolutely free!
You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter.
We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest news from across the region. Google Play Store and App Store
Birmingham City have confirmed that they’ll face League One Charlton Athletic and League Two Walsall in the run-up to the new Championship season.
Blues, under new boss Aitor Karanka, will welcome both the Addicks and the Saddlers to Wast Hills ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
Lee Bowyer takes his side back to his familiar haunt on Saturday, August 22 for a midday kick-off at the training ground, while Walsall – under Darrell Clarke – will head to the same venue for a 3pm kick off on Tuesday, September 1.
These are the latest fixtures arranged and confirmed by the club, while in between these games they’ll head to the capital to take on Tottenham Hotspur at their new stadium – that game will take place on Saturday, August 29 at 3pm.
For obvious reasons, all of the above matches will be behind closed doors.
Blues’ key man
Aitor Karanka has only just touched down at St Andrew’s but is already facing up to a month which will undoubtedly define Birmingham City’s season, writes Alex Dicken.
The Spaniard must mould a team together in his image, whip them into shape in pre-season and add quality to a squad which included just 13 senior professionals prior to his arrival.
George Friend has become Blues’ first signing of the Karanka era to take that total to 14 but there’s still lots of work to be done before the season kicks off in September.
There isn’t enough time to complete a major overhaul so Karanka will be required to work with what’s already at Wast Hills.