The Times reports that Birmingham City are ‘increasingly hopeful’ of beating arch rivals Aston Villa to the signing of free agent defender John Terry. The former Chelsea and England captain is a free agent and has been linked with many clubs this summer already.

The 36-year-old was recently seen playing golf with Villa boss Steve Bruce, sparking speculation of a possible move. However Harry Redknapp is keen on luring the veteran centre half Terry to St Andrews too as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion next season.

Redknapp is particularly keen on adding more experience to his squad. David Stockdale, who recently celebrated promotion with Brighton & Hove Albion, is already one new face to enter the building this summer. The recruitment of John Terry would certainly be fairly unexpected but he’d be a most welcome addition to any club at this level. Birmingham remain hopeful of beating Aston Villa to any deal.

One potential stumbling block for Birmingham would possibly be agreeing personal terms with Terry. His wage demands would certainly put him as the highest paid member of the squad and it remains to be seen if Birmingham would be prepared to meet that. Redknapp will be hopeful of his ‘wheeler dealer’ reputation comes into good use to possibly attract Terry to join for a cut price weekly salary.

Terry finds himself without a club after being released by Chelsea at the end of their Premier League winning campaign. JT only played 14 times last season, five of which came in cup competitions. It isn’t for definite that he will carry on playing as he has hinted that retirement could be an alternative too, as well as stepping into coaching.

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