Birmingham City will speak to Championship rivals Derby County in a bid to secure the services of on loan defender Ryan Shotton on a permanent basis according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 27 year old Stoke-on-Trent born defender is currently out of favour at parent club Derby County and joined Birmingham City in January on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Shotton has impressed during his time at St Andrews with the player making nine appearances for the club and scoring in The Blues’ 2-0 win at Reading last month. Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has praised the player’s positive attitude since arriving at the club and has confirmed that he will be willing to discuss a potential permanent deal for the player with Derby County come the end of the season.

Since leaving the iPro Stadium on loan during the January transfer window there have been changes at Shotton’s parent club with former manager Paul Clement being sacked in early February and replaced by former academy coach Darren Wassall. At this stage, it is unknown whether Shotton features in Derby County’s future plans and with The Rams not currently knowing which division they will be playing in next season the defender’s immediate future is in limbo.

Should Birmingham City conclude a permanent deal for Shotton, the player offers the club a wealth of experience with the defender having made 239 senior career appearances to date.

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