Birmingham simply have to sign Liverpool keeper Ward if Stockdale joins Leeds

Birmingham keeper David Stockdale looks to be on his way out of St Andrew’s this summer, leaving a vacant spot in goal that the Blues will have to fill in this transfer window.

What’s the story?

Despite the Birmingham Mail recently reporting that Leeds have still not met the valuation for Stockdale, it seems clear that the 32-year-old will not be at Birmingham City at the start of next season.

That would leave former Manchester United stopper Tomasz Kuszczak as the senior keeper at St Andrew’s but Birmingham would be wise to reinvest any funds from the transfer of Stockdale back into another keeper if they hope to improve on last season’s 19th place finish.

Liverpool keeper Danny Ward could be the perfect signing for Garry Monk’s side and may be available either on loan or for a reasonable price.

Why would Monk want Ward?

At 25-years-old Ward is just coming into his prime as a goalkeeper and will be looking for regular first-team football which, despite the performances of Karius and Mignolet, could mean he tries to force a move away from Anfield.

The Welshman was retained at Liverpool last season but was limited to just one senior appearance in the EFL Cup. In contrast, he spent the 2016/17 season out on loan with Huddersfield as they secured promotion to the Premier League, playing 46 games in all competitions.

During that season with the Terriers, Ward conceded 55 goals and kept 12 clean sheets, proving that he is ready for the spotlight at a Championship club.

Ward is valued at just €2.5m by Transfermarkt and would be a fantastic long-term signing for Monk and Birmingham, as opposed to having to play the 36-year-old Kuszczak.