Date: 10th April 2017 at 10:11am
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Gianfranco Zola will be backed in the transfer market this summer. It is understood that ‘significant funds’ (thought to be up to £25m) will be made available to strengthen the squad ahead of an expected play-off push next season.

Zola is likely to oversee an overhaul of the squad with several players coming in and others heading for the exit door.

As reported on Vital Blues yesterday, the club`s owners, Trillion Trophy Asia, are likely to give their full support to the Italian providing Blues stay up this season. The decision will be seen as a vote of confidence to Zola who retains belief in his ability to take the club forward.

The style of play he craves will be sought after in the summer transfer window as he puts plans in place to lure better quality players to St. Andrews. Although some of his January signings – Kerim Frei being the prime example – do not play regularly, that is likely to change next season when, hopefully, Blues are not fighting off the threat of relegation.

Zola recently announced that a crop of youngsters will not be handed new deals – including Charlee Adams and Koby Arthur – and others will depart. Zola also has a decision to make over the futures of Viv Solomon-Otabor and David Cotterill who have been out on loan.

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