Liverpool on transfer standby as financial situation worsens
Birmingham City star Jack Butland is set to leave the Blues in January as their financial state worsens.
Liverpool are heavily linked with a move for the England goalkeeper in the January transfer window and Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu has confirmed he may well leave.
The Midlands club rejected a £6million bid from Premier League new boys Southampton in the summer but as their financial state worsens, fire sales in January is the only option.
Club owner Carson Yeung is still unable to come to England or have any involvement with City as he is facing trial for money laundering in Hong Kong.
Butland may not be the only player leaving St Andrews next month with fellow youngster Nathan Redmond and high earning Nikola Zigic also thought to be on their way.
Pannu has given an in depth interview to let the fans know exactly what is happening in the Blues board room.
“I can’t say that we are in a very wonderful situation, I would be lying if I said that,” Pannu told the Birmingham Mail.
“This is a very tricky question (player sales). What I can say is that – and I might be blasted for this by the fans – but no-one is for sale and everyone is available. As at any club.
“Give me a £15m offer for Jack Butland, can I say no?
“I have rejected £6m from Southampton (in the summer) but I rejected it when our finances were okay.
“As the time is ticking, I might not be able to reject it if I get something similar.
“I do have a responsibility to keep the club running.
“My top priority now – and if I do offend anyone, I care not – is to make sure this clubs stays afloat.”