Sky Bet Championship club Birmingham City are understood to be set to offer a contract to outgoing Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett this summer according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 27-year-old Grays born centre-back has spent the past five-and-a-half years with The Canaries but has been deemed to be surplus to requirements at Carrow Road and the player will leave the club when his contract expires on 30 June.

With Bennett set to be searching for a new club, it has been reported that Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp is a known admirer and the 70-year-old is ready to offer the experienced defender a deal at St Andrews next season.

The player started his senior career with Grimsby Town after failing to make the grade with Ipswich Town as a scholar. Bennett won a whole host of individual awards during his time at Blundell Park and the defender went on to make 117 appearances for The Mariners, scoring six goals.

In January 2010, Bennett joined Peterborough United following a successful loan spell with The Posh in a deal reportedly worth up to £1 million. The player was unable to help the club avoid relegation from the Sky Bet Championship in his first season with the club but was a Sky Bet League One Play-Off winner at London Road the following season.

Bennett joined Norwich City in January 2012 however the player has been in and out of the side at Carrow Road although this season has seen the defender make the most appearances for the club in a single campaign (37).

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