Birmingham should hijack Sheffield United’s £5m bid for Ipswich’s Waghorn

Sheffield United have made a club-record £5m bid for Ipswich Town forward Martyn Waghorn, according to the Daily Star.

What’s the story, then?

The report says that the £5m approach is the latest in a series of bids made by Chris Wilder to snare the former Sunderland forward, who was involved in 27 goals at Portman Road last season.

It claims that the Blades have money to spend following the £12m departure of David Brooks to Bournemouth, which will allow Wilder to relax his frugal spending strategy.

The report also quotes new Ipswich manager Paul Hurst as refusing to rule out selling Waghorn at the right price this summer.

Birmingham should move in

Nearly half of Blues fans want to sign Waghorn to help Garry Monk overhaul a meek attack that has let the Blues down for a number of years and £5m is surely in the realms of the club’s budget.

If Birmingham have serious play-off ambitions this season, Sheffield United should be in no position to outbid them and Ipswich should not have the financial clout to hold them off.

Of course Monk must be sensible after the mess Harry Redknapp left with his typically scattergun approach last summer but this is a deal for a player who could make a real difference for Birmingham in a bracket that should not be beyond them.