Birmingham City are ‘confident’ that they will be able to strengthen the squad this summer even though they are still to learn whether they have failed to adhere to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
A source at the club told Vital Blues – “We understand that, as a club, we were very close to the line with regard to FFP. But Birmingham City is not the only club in this boat. We are in regular contact with the Football League and our internal auditors to make sure we do everything by the book”.
They continued – “We are confident in our ability to work with the management team to strengthen the playing squad this summer and we can assure our supporter’s that any player leaving St. Andrew’s will do so because they are deemed surplus to requirements, not because of FFP. It’s very much business as usual”.
Reportedly, David Stockdale, Craig Gardner and Jonathan Grounds have been told they can leave the club and, in recent days, Che Adams has been linked with a move to Gary Rowett’s Stoke City.
Understandably, this has created a stir amongst fans concerned that the club may be forced to offload players to stay in line with the regulations.
This isn’t the case according to our club source.
Blues are already saving around £95,000 per week after four loanees – Carl Jenkinson, Cohen Bramall, Jeremie Boga and Sam Gallagher – returned to their parent clubs at the end of the season.
Vital Blues understand that Garry Monk is working on his list of transfer targets and is hoping to see some movement over the coming weeks.