Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill has admitted that he is hopeful that the club can keep hold of defensive midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 27-year-old Dutch anchorman is out of contract at St Andrews at the end of the season and the player has not yet agreed to sign a new deal with the Blues.

The72 reported earlier that Kieftenbeld is thought to be a January transfer target for both Hull City and Sunderland however Blues boss Cotterill has now confirmed that Birmingham City are looking to hold onto the player and have opened talks with the Dutchman over extending his stay with the club.

Kieftenbeld started his career in his homeland with Go Ahead Eagles where he made 72 senior appearances and scored three goals. The midfielder joined Groningen in summer 2010 and went on to make a huge impact during his five-season spell with the ‘Pride of the North’.

Birmingham City signed Kieftenbeld two-and-a-half years ago and the player has impressed with the Sky Bet Championship club despite their troubles in recent times.

Kieftenbeld looked set to join the Blues’ league rivals Derby County in August for an undisclosed fee however the paperwork for the deal was not submitted prior to the closure of the transfer window and the transaction was not completed.

The midfielder has made 20 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham City this season and scored in the 2-1 EFL Cup defeat to AFC Bournemouth at St Andrews in August.

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