Date: 1st June 2018 at 6:30pm
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Union Berlin have confirmed that Kristian Pedersen is on the verge of signing for the club.

The German side’s general manager Oliver Ruhnert told magazine Kicker that the deal is “not ready” to be finalised, but it looks set to go through soon.

It has been revealed that we triggered a release clause in the former Danish U21 international’s contract that allows him to leave a year ahead of the end of his contract in 2019.

Reports from Denmark said that the fee for the defender would be €2.3million, and that seems to be roughly accurate with Kicker stating the transfer will be “around €2.5m.”

Fans have been waiting impatiently for the signing of Pedersen over the last few days. Pictures on Twitter emerged purportedly showing the defender talking to Xuandong Ren and posing for pictures with the club scarf.

On Wednesday, we reported that the 23-year-old did indeed visit the stadium on Monday and the deal should be finalised shortly.

If the signing is completed, it looks to be a very smart first foray into the transfer market by Garry Monk. The defence is certainly something that needs shoring up, and we have been short of cover on the left-hand side.

Pedersen’s flexibility should come in handy too. He is very capable of playing as a wing-back in a 3-5-2, and if the manager chooses to switch from his trusted 4-4-2 next campaign then the Dane will be up to the task.

Once we have a new left-back through the door, I think the club’s next two priorities should be a striker and a goalkeeper. Especially if both Stockdale and Kuszczak have been given permission to leave, a new number one is vitally important, while we desperately need someone who can score at least double figures next season.

All in all, I think at least five signings in total are required, with a playmaker and another centre-back also being important additions. Of course, much will depend on outgoings on how much flexibility we will have to reshape our squad ahead of next season

 

5 Replies to “Union Berlin Provide An Update On Birmingham Transfer”

  • That sounds promising tbf looks like dotting the eyes and crossing the tees at last a manager who knows that the left back position has been a concern for a while nothink against grounds but if we want to move forward as a club some of these lads don’t cut it promising start gaz kro

  • Sounds as though it will be done and dusted very soon. I’ve noticed the Birmingham Mail keep repeating all of their posts maybe they should recall their paper (The cut paste post) I find it very annoying reading the same story over and over again that we’ve already read on other web pages but the mail claim it to be their own story and repeat repeat repeat repeat such bad journalism showing that they know absolutely nothing about the public or football. Set this here because if I say on there they delete my post lol.

  • Waycool.You are quite right regarding the Bham Mail. They love the scaremongering about our club and are quick to fan the flames whether it’s about ‘administration, receivership,Financial Fair Play etc. especially when it is not founded. Also their so called breaking news is usually 24 hours out of date. However they are being found out now and that is satisfying.

  • Until we get at least one central midfielder who can keep possession and look after the ball, pass it and dictate play its always going to be a struggle for defenders and strikers but for now I will take a left back to give us some balance. Might have to go back to Brentford for Ryan Woods. He impressed me every time I saw him play last season.

  • I think if we sign Pederson it will mean Grounds and Keita will be sold and Seddon/Colin will be backup left back. It’ll be a shame if we get rid of Keita as I think he is a real talent and with his speed and skill he’d make a great winger or possibly a forward. This should restore Colin to his favoured RB position but unfortunately will leave no place for Wes Harding in the side. Agree with the posters above the Birmingham Mail is a joke. They really take offence if you type ‘Well done Fulham’.

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