Forget about Cooper, Birmingham simply have to sign this experienced stopper

Birmingham City are battling city-neighbours Aston Villa and Premier League side Brighton for Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Michael Cooper, according to The Plymouth Herald and The Birmingham Mail.

What’s the story?

The Pilgrims’ 18-year-old keeper made his senior debut last season, replacing Kyle Letheren at half-time away at Blackburn when Plymouth’s starting keeper picked up an injury.

Cooper kept the scores at 1-1 in that game and also impressed in Plymouth U18’s run in the FA Youth Cup last season.

Currently third-choice keeper at Home Park, Cooper has come to the attention of the two second-city clubs and they may battle it out for the youngster’s signature.

However, Birmingham boss Garry Monk has told both senior keepers David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak that they are free to leave this summer, so the Blues must look for a more experienced stopper for their Championship campaign next season.

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Button to the Blues

One man Monk should take a look at to solve his goalkeeping problems is Fulham’s second choice between the sticks David Button.

The 29-year-old started the first 20 matches of Fulham’s promotion-winning season last year before losing his place to Marcus Bettinelli. Valued at just €1.5m by Transfermarkt, the Englishman could be the perfect signing for the Blues.

Button rose through the youth ranks at Spurs and was loaned out to a number of Football League clubs, including Cooper’s current club Plymouth, before he finally signed for Charlton in the summer of 2012.

There is no doubt that Cooper is a fantastic talent but in their current situation, Birmingham should be looking for an experienced keeper to help them improve on their 19th place finish in the Championship last season.