Hull City and Sunderland are set to make offers to sign Birmingham City’s Maikel Kieftenbeld according to a report from The Mirror via the Birmingham Mail.
The 27-year-old midfielder came very close to leaving Birmingham earlier in the season. He had agreed a move to Derby County on transfer deadline day back in August but it would end falling through because of red tape. But because of the move being so close to being done, it was always likely that there would be some sort of movement come January, especially with Kieftenbeld’s contract set to expire in the summer.
But while there has been no reports that Derby have made another offer for Kieftenbeld, some of Birmingham’s Sky Bet Championship rivals have now become interested in the midfielder. Both Hull and Sunderland are now interested in signing him and they are set to make an offer to sign him soon. Both teams have disappointed and have even changed their manager in an attempt to alter their fortunes but now they are looking to add Kieftenbeld to their squad to help them rise up the table.
The question is whether or not Birmingham would be willing to sell Kieftenbeld. Since he almost signed for Derby, Birmingham’s manager has changed and current head coach Steve Cotterill has started to use him more regularly. But with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Blues may decide that selling him now and getting a fee would be a wiser move than keeping him for a few extra months.