Hart to extend St Andrew’s stay

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will spend next season on loan at Andrew's, according to Birmingham City's vice-chairman Peter Pannu.

The 22-year-old has been outstanding for Alex McLeish's side so far this season, featuring in 28 matches since joining the club on loan last summer.

Birmingham had tried to sign the England international on a permanent basis earlier this term, only to have their approach rejected by Roberto Mancini's side.

Pannu told a fans' forum:"What has happened is that we have actually approached Manchester City with a view to buying him.

"But the difficulty is that we have recognised him as a fabulous goalie and Manchester City recognise that as well.

"So they very politely rejected our approach to them to purchase him. They have said they will let him stay here for another season on loan, but he is not for sale.

"They appreciate the way Alex has built him up and he has got a very strong reputation in England. They appreciate that and will give us priority on the loan deal.

"He will be with us for another season, unless anything changes. That is the position."

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