According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon on his official Twitter account, Birmingham City are interested in bringing Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley back to St Andrew’s this summer, and some Blues fans have been quick to react to the rumour.
Nixon says that Championship sides West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United are both keen on the 6ft 4in tall centre-back, and that their Midlands rivals are also keen if they can raise the cash with Garry Monk having worked with him at Swansea and Leeds previously.
While the Brum boss clearly likes the 27-year-old, strengthening at the heart of the defence perhaps won’t be a priority should the money not be available for City, who had Bartley on loan during the 2013/14 campaign, considering they already have the likes of Marc Roberts, Harlee Dean and Michael Morrison in that position.
These Birmingham supporters, who are looking forward to seeing a 23-year-old star in action in a Blue shirt, took to social media to give their thoughts on the Bartley interest, and while one said he “was brilliant at Leeds the season before last”, another said “Bartley excellent at this level”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Kyle Bartley is definitely a good player but do we actually need another centre back? #BCFC
— J (@JB234JB) July 1, 2018
Yes. Bartley excellent at this level. All about improving!
— Kane Styles (@KaneGStyles) July 1, 2018
100% would keep Moro and Roberts out of the side and open the door for Roberts to leave. Should be worth a decent price and will be on high wages
— Ben Mountford (@Benjfordays) July 1, 2018
Would like to sign Bartley but can’t see it for Blues, pleased that we’re interested in a centre back though think one is needed
— Chris (@_chris96bcfc) July 1, 2018
As much as I'd like to see Kyle Bartley back at #bcfc, I feel like Monk may try his hand with Dan Scarr & save his money for investment elsewhere
— Tom Heslop (@Heslop96) July 1, 2018
Would be in the top 2 or 3 centre halves in this division, was class for us 3 or 4 years ago and was brilliant at Leeds the season before last
— ol (@oliolioli_perry) July 1, 2018