Birmingham City are interested in a deal to bring Matija Sarkic to St. Andrew’s this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by The Athletic journalist Tim Spiers, who revealed in a post on Twitter that the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper is currently training with Lee Bowyer’s side, with a view to signing a loan deal at the club.
The highly-rated goalkeeper moved to Wolves from Aston Villa back in 2020, although is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Premier League side.
However, having spent last season on loan at League One side Shrewsbury Town, it now appears as if Birmingham feel that the 23-year-old is capable of making a step up in division in 2021/22.
Having impressed in League One last season, it is unsurprising to learn that Bowyer is interested in a deal to bring Sarkic to St. Andrew’s in the summer transfer window, with his potential signing being one that should also have fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, over his 26 league appearances for Steve Cotterill’s side last term, the £4.9k-per-week man helped his side keep nine clean sheets and made a total of 60 saves, an average of 2.3 stops per game.
These returns saw the man Kris Boyd once dubbed an “excellent” player earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.80, ranking him as the Shrews’ joint 11th-best performer in the third tier of English football, playing a key role in his side comfortably securing survival in League One.
And, with Birmingham’s current number one Neil Etheridge earning a similar average SofaScore match rating of 6.81 over his 43 Championship appearances for the Blues last season, it would very much appear as if, despite the eight-year age gap between the Wolves man and the 31-year-old, Sarkic would not simply just provide backup for Etheridge next season, but also challenge the Philippines international for his starting spot between the sticks.
As such, the signing of the Montenegro international would very much appear to be an astute piece of business for Bowyer to get over the line this summer, as the 23-year-old would seem yet another step in the right direction under the Blues boss.