Birmingham should offload Ndoye to fund a loan move for Harrison Reed

Birmingham City are looking to offload high-earning players and will listen to offers for Cheikh Ndoye, according to The Birmingham Mail.

What’s the story?

Having only been appointed in March, this summer will be Garry Monk’s first transfer window in charge of Birmingham and the former Swansea manager will be looking to rebuild his squad in the hope that the Blues can better their 19th place finish in the Championship last season.

In order to free up funds to bring in his own players, Monk has already moved on a number of players including Robert Tesche and Cheick Keita. He has also told goalkeepers David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak that they can leave the club.

Ndoye joined Birmingham on a free transfer from French Ligue 1 side SCO Angers last summer and played 40 games for the club in all competitions last season.

Reed on loan?

Birmingham will be hoping that having appeared, albeit briefly, in two games for Senegal at the World Cup, Ndoye’s asking price will have increased and they will be able to either sell the 32-year-old or loan him out.

Some of the money that this would free up on Monk’s wage budget could then be used to fund a loan deal for a player such as Southampton’s young central midfielder Harrison Reed.

The 23-year-old was on loan at Norwich last season so has experience of playing in the Championship. He featured in 39 league games for the Canaries, providing four assists and scoring one goal in a 2-0 win over QPR.

Reed would certainly be a sensible loan-signing for the Blues as they look ahead to next season and he would surely be willing to move away from Southampton in search of another season of regular football.