Date: 24th May 2017 at 11:24am
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Harry Redknapp has challenged Michael Morrison and Ryan Shotton to cement their place as the first choice partnership in the heart of Blues` defence.

It is likely that Redknapp will delve into the transfer market to strengthen his defensive options and introduce a healthy competition for places. With Krystian Bielik returning to parent club Arsenal and Paul Robinson in the twilight of his playing days, Morrison and Shotton are the only two other recognised senior central defenders.

The duo formed a successful partnership under former manager Gary Rowett and were also first choice under his successor, Gianfranco Zola. However, Morrison was plagued with injuries last season and reportedly didn`t see eye to eye with the Italian.

Redknapp has seen enough from both players to warrant keeping them at St. Andrews but will challenge them to prove their worth once again.

Vital Birmingham understands that Redknapp has looked into the possibility of signing Marc Wilson from Bournemouth. The 29-year-old spent half of last season on loan at West Brom.

Despite making only four appearances, Baggies boss Tony Pulis has enquired about making the deal a permanent one. It`s likely that Bournemouth will look to recoup most of the £2m they paid Stoke City for his services last summer.

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