Birmingham City winger Amari Miller looks set to depart St. Andrew’s this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that Leeds United have agreed an initial £200k deal, potentially rising to £1.5m with performance-related add-ons, for the transfer of the 18-year-old forward.
The report goes on to state that, barring any issues with the final paperwork, the deal appears to be all but done, with Miller set to link up with Marcelo Bielsa’s side on July 1st.
Football Insider also claim that Lee Bowyer had hoped to keep the academy graduate on the Blues’ books this summer, and had offered the 18-year-old a professional contract after impressing over his two-year scholarship at Wast Hills.
While Miller had not yet established himself in the Birmingham City first team, having made just five appearances for Bowyer’s side, it is clear that many at the club held high hopes for his future at St. Andrew’s.
Indeed, Bowyer himself singled out the winger for praise towards the back end of last season, revealing that he had a plan for Miller’s future at the club.
The 44-year-old stated his belief that the Blues youngster “is a good player who has got great potential,” before going on to claim that Miller adds “goals, assists [and] pace” to the Birmingham side, as well as suggesting that that 18-year-old is “fearless” going forwards.
As such, the fact that the highly-rated forward now appears to be on his way out of St. Andrew’s this summer is sure to have left Bowyer, the players and fans of the Blues livid, as not only have Birmingham lost a player who clearly has the potential to go on to become a star, they have done so for a rather measly fee.
And, while Birmingham did indeed offer Miller a new deal at the club, if Bowyer did not fight tooth and nail to convince the 18-year-old to stay at Wast Hills beyond the summer, the argument could easily be made that this was a rare mistake on the part of the former Charlton manager, potentially the biggest of his tenure at the Blues so far.