birmingham city, 5 linked since Rooney appointment: Birmingham City transfer news and rumours since deadline day

5 linked since Rooney appointment: Birmingham City transfer news and rumours since deadline day

Birmingham City had a busy summer transfer window, and by all accounts, it looks like they’re in for a busy January transfer window too.

Birmingham City have just appointed Wayne Rooney as their new boss.

He replaces John Eustace and is tasked with taking Blues to the next level. And almost immediately after his appointment, news of potential new signings emerged, with one report tipping Rooney to raid former club Derby County.

TEAMtalk reported first of all that Rooney is set to be handed a sizeable transfer kitty in January and that he has four Derby players on his radar; Louie Sibley, Liam Thompson, Max Bird, and Eiran Cashin.

Another rumour to have emerged since Rooney took charge comes from Alan Nixon who says that Birmingham City are keen on Jack Butland.

The former England and Manchester United man has enjoyed a career upturn in Scotland after signing for Rangers on a four-year deal in the summer. Nixon though says that, if Rooney wants him, he may need to wait until next summer.

Jordan James meanwhile was linked with a move away last month.

The Welsh international wasn’t always favoured by Eustace and he could well come back into starting contention under Rooney. Though Blues’ Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers are said to fancy a potential swoop for James at some point next year.

Lastly, Birmingham City have recently been linked with an unnamed Cheltenham Town player, who reporter Jon Palmer says has been closely watched by Blues in recent weeks.

Rooney takes charge of his first game as Birmingham City boss this weekend, going up against a former Manchester United teammate of his in Michael Carrick and his in form Middlesbrough side.

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