Birmingham City have been dealt a major transfer blow after their number one goalkeeping transfer target Bartosz Bialkowski signed a new three-year contract with Ipswich Town, according to the Birmingham Mail.
The Birmingham Mail report that Garry Monk is prepared to get rid of the two senior goalkeepers currently on the books at St Andrew’s, David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak, and left the duo out of his pre-season plans.
He was hoping to use the money raised by selling the pair to sign Bialkowski but his new deal at Portman Road has reportedly dealt Monk a major blow.
Also, Stockdale’s proposed move to Leeds United – his hometown club – looks off as the Whites have signed Jamal Blackman on a season-long loan to challenge Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the number one shirt at Elland Road.
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Monk has been forced into a major rethink where his goalkeepers are concerned; he has now ruthlessly outcast two senior options on big wages, with no discernible target with which to replace them.
Add in the transfer embargo that the EFL have slapped onto the Blues and Monk could be forgiven for panicking.
So free agent Tim Krul, who has 157 Premier League appearances under his belt as per Transfermarkt, could be the solution; Bristol City and Reading have both reportedly been looking at the former Dutch international, who would be a fantastic option in the second tier.
It would also help Birmingham’s financial situation that the 6ft 4in man would come in for nothing, meaning that the departures of Stockdale and Kuszczak are only required to raise the money for his wages.