According to Danish media site Tipsbladet, and supported by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot on Twitter, once Leeds United ‘target’ Kristian Pedersen is heading for league rivals Birmingham City.

According to the Danish source, the deal to take the Union Berlin left-back to St Andrews is almost a formality with them stating that “there are bids” for him “from English club Birmingham” and that Union Berlin will “net a nice amount” when the deal is completed.

Tipsbladet’s news is substantiated by a further Danish source Ekstra Bladet who say that the 23-year-old’s transfer to the Blues will come at a cost of NKR20 million – around £1.8 million.

Pedersen, who arrived at Union Berlin in 2016 from Danish side HB Köge, made 32 appearances for the 2.Bundesliga side – scoring once against Sandhausen and providing four assists across the campaign.

The Whites had been linked with Union Berlin left-back Pedersen, and quite extensively so, by big-hitting German media sites such as Bild. Bild reported at the start of this month that 23-year-old Pedersen, who is contracted until 2019, had “aroused the interest” of the West Yorkshire based side.

However, with youngster Tom Pearce expected to sign a new deal at Elland road, and following this stated interest from Birmingham City, it looks like the young Dane is going down the M6 rather than up the M1.

Birmingham boss Garry Monk will be looking to inject a little more steel into a Birmingham side that he inherited late in a miserable season and managed to drag away from the clutches of a relegation battle in the Sky Bet Championship.

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