Birmingham City fans in the Transfer Tavern will be hoping their club move to bring in a top quality goalkeeper this summer and they may just get their wish.
With David Stockdale likely departing St Andrews, a top class custodian is the priority for Garry Monk. With 36-year-old Tomasz Kuszczak the only senior stopper at the Blues, they must enter the market for a goalkeeper.
The loss of Stockdale is not too damaging for Birmingham City. Stockdale is a solid if unspectacular stopper, and Birmingham City could certainly do better. Garry Monk should turn his attention to Norweigan international Orjan Nyland, who is currently plying his trade in the German second tier for FC Ingolstadt. The keeper is in the last year of his contract with the German side, and Birmingham Live reports that the Blues are one of many clubs interested in his signature.
Looking closer at Nyland, shows what an important player he could become for the St Andrews outfit. At 27 years of age, Nyland is coming into his prime and could make the Birmingham City number 1 spot his own for many years to come. He has 27 caps for his native Norway, and played 34 times for Ingolstadt last season, as they finished 9th. Nyland is highly regarded for his shot stopping ability and distribution. The keeper is valued at £720,000 by Transfermarkt, and with him being in the last year of his contract, Birmingham City would likely not have to break the bank for his signature.
Not signing a new goalkeeper, and relying on 36-year-old Kuszczak would likely be a big mistake from Monk. The Birmingham faithful will be expecting the club to strengthen in this position.
With it looking like David Stockdale is definitely on his way out of St Andrews, Nyland would seem a fantastic replacement. A seasoned international keeper, of a good age, he could become an extremely important player for the Blues.