Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet has said that he will take a “little bit” more time to assess trialist Josh McEachran before deciding whether or not he wants to offer him a deal at the club.

Having been released by Championship side Brentford earlier this season, midfielder Josh McEachran has been on the lookout for a new club. He spent time training with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this summer and he has been building up his fitness with Birmingham City recently.

However, manager Pep Clotet has said that a decision is not imminent on whether or not they will opt to bring him in, saying that it may be another week before he decides. Speaking to Birmingham Live, Clotet said:

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“There is still no news in that department. He is getting fitter, we will probably take a little bit more time because I think it is more fair to judge him now he is fitter and with everyone back in training. 

“That will probably be another week. I would rather hold my thoughts for now.”

Birmingham City teammate Harlee Dean – who McEachran played with while they were at Brentford together – is hopeful that a deal can be completed to bring the free agent in. Speaking last week, he heaped praise on McEachran, saying he is the best player he has ever played with.

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“I think he is probably the best player I have ever played with technically. 

“You don’t play for Chelsea at 17 in the Champions League under Carlo Ancelotti and not be a good player on the ball. He’s the best player I have played with, he can see passes, he can break three lines with a pass, he can take it anywhere and give it to anyone.

“I think he would be a really good addition because he gives us something a bit different.