Date: 28th May 2018 at 5:22pm
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Written by Tom Heslop.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk is reportedly set to make his first signing since joining the club with reports in Denmark suggesting that the club are close to signing 23-year-old left back Kristian Pedersen.

In the report, the Danish media believe that the youngster, who currently plays his football with German side Union Berlin, is currently valued at around £1.8 million but it is thought that Monk will go in with a lower offer for him.

The full-back, who can also play at left-wing, has made five appearances for the under-21s at national level, is also reportedly a target of fellow Sky Bet Championship side Leeds United but it now looks as though Monk has stolen the march on his former side by putting an offer in for him.

With it being revealed in the last 10 days or so that current left-back Jonathan Grounds is available to leave the club as he is one of the highest earners, a move for another full-back was always on the cards, despite how well last summers signing Maxime Colin has done in that position.

Blues fans, do you think Garry Monk should be looking to sign a left-back or do you think that Maxime Colin will continue to be his first choice next season? Let us know in the comment section down below!


9 Replies to “Garry Monk to beat former side Leeds United to signing of 23-year-old Danish left-back”

  • Think Gary Monk has previously stated that he wants players to be in their natural playing positions so no surprise really that he’s interested in an up & coming youngster at left back.

  • Jonathan Grounds one of our top earners? Somehow I doubt that very much. I’d like us to strengthen midfield and up top first. There is no real urgency to get a new LB with Grounds, Colin and Keita already here and Seddon ready to step up

    • Sorry you are wrong
      .left back is a priority then midfied

      I hope kieta comes back as a winger.then worry about a striker..k.r.o

  • Birmingham’s interest has only come out after it was established LUFC hadn’t actually made a move for him so saying he is set to “beat” his former side to a signing they apparently don’t want is a bit much !!

    LUFC are linked with all sorts of players by all sorts of media outlets and the vast majority have no sound basis. Local Leeds media saying Club never made a move or had any interest in Pedersen. They are more intent on getting Tom Pearce contract sigend.

  • Strength in depth boys.. the full back position is very important in modern day football.. trust in the Monk!

  • EXACTLY WhamRick2? ” TRUST IN MONK ! ”
    WELL SAID !!!
    Nearly every manager since Clark bought Grounds in, have tried to replace him.
    Up until some consistent performances, in an under performing side last season, fans had been booing him, and a lot wanted him replaced.
    However, he signed a new two and a half year deal in Jan this year, so he probably he is on high wages now.
    Now some are saying we don’t need a L/B we’ve got Colin, Kiete and Seddon, really ???
    Colin did extremely well as a make shift L/B (after a very dodgy start at Leeds), but his natural position is right back, round pegs in round holes anyone ???
    Kiete ??? Exactly that, a big fat question mark over him. When he played at L/B he was great going forward, but weak defending (yes, I know, it was under Zola). He’s been out on loan, but didn’t play a game, I think he had a couple of sub appearances, but still a question mark over him.
    Monk may see him as a winger, or may not fancy him at all, who knows, time will tell.
    Seddon is a L/B, but just because Harding was ready to go straight in, and has been a revelation, doesn’t mean the same applies to him. Hopefully, he’s one for the near future.
    As for needing other positions strengthened first ???
    What does it matter which position is strengthened first ???
    It only matters that the manager knows the positions that do need strengthening, and they’re all done before the season starts.
    As long as we get that creative midfielder, and a striker who can score goals, that everyones crying out for and probably a few more the manager has on his list, yes, our managers got a list. THEN IT’S JOB DONE !!!
    As for whether Leeds were after Pedersen or not, we’ve also been linked with players we have no intention what so ever in signing, 40 plus, to date, and counting.
    It’s annoying, it’s mischievous, its misleading and most of it is total fantasy, but, it’s what happens when the transfer windows open, and even when it’s closed, there’s unfounded rumours.
    I really wonder if some of the comments made are from Blues fans with all the negativity spouted.
    I back the managers decisions and I’ll cheer on whoever pulls the Royal Blue shirt on next season.

    K R O !!!

  • It does indeed matter which position we fill first as a striker and creative midfielder (goal creator) are our priorities as scoring goals has been our Achilles heel in the last few years. We were the lowest goalscorers in the league last year. Strikers cost the most amount of money. From what we know of the club’s finances we don’t have much money to spend. So either we can spend the money on positions less of a priority or address the main problems. Let’s hope we don’t come short when we come to addressing the real problems.

    • Ijaz,
      Let me explain why I said it doesn’t matter what positions Monk brings in first.
      I base it on the fact he’s got a list and discussed it with the owners.
      Surely that list would’ve budgeted out each position that needs replacing/improving, and the players he wants ???
      He can’t just wait around on what we think is a priority, surely all those players on his list are a priority to him, or he wouldn’t have a list ???
      I don’t think for one minute Monk would have included money that may or may not come in from sell ons from Butland or Gray, if they leave their current club’s.
      However, any money we do get, will offset some of what Monk spends .
      Anyway, for all we know, he could already be in negotiations for a creative midfielder and a goalscorer.
      It’s emerged we’re in for Hernandez at Hull, if it’s true ???
      It’s been said before that deals don’t happen over night, some take longer than others.
      In closing, what I will say is “TRUST IN MONK”

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