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Conundrum: Monk needs to land 1 of these 3 to solve Birmingham City’s ‘keeper problem

Garry Monk has plenty of decisions to make regarding who will or won’t be between the sticks at St Andrew’s for Birmingham City this season, according to the Birmingham Mail.

There are a host of names tied to the post in one way or another, including Stoke’s Jack Butland. No one is suggesting he’ll make a move to Birmingham this summer, but Monk’s side are reported to have a 25% sell on agreement in the Stoke goalkeeper’s contract. With the likes of Liverpool said to be interested in making a move for the England international, any Butland move could provide Birmingham with a welcome cash injection. 

According to the report in the Birmingham Mail, two of the Blues’ current ‘keepers – Tomasz Kuszczak and David Stockdale – are free to leave the club this summer if an acceptable offer is made. 

This could leave Birmingham in desperate need of a new goalkeeper this summer. 

Wayne Hennessey 

Crystal Palace have already brought in Vicente Guaita this summer, surely making Hennessey second choice.

At 31, and as an established Wales international, he might not fancy playing back up at this point in his career.

Whilst his days at Selhurst Park may be numbered, Hennessey would represent a real coup for the St Andrew’s crowd.

Emiliano Martinez

The perennial Arsenal-loanee has just returned to North London following a frustrating spell with La Liga side Getafe.

He may not seem the obvious choice to become the new Blues no. 1, but he has got Championship pedigree following previous loan stints with Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Wolves in the division.

Arsenal could be willing to let Martinez go permanently to make room in the squad for the promising Matt Macey.

The Argentine would provide stern competition for the gloves at this level.

Michael Cooper

Birmingham City are one of the clubs to have already been linked with Plymouth Argyle’s Michael Cooper this summer. 

The 18-year-old has a lot of promise and could certainly be one Garry Monk has marked for the future. Indeed, with the club needing to look forward and be smart in their transfer additions after a terrible campaign last year, perhaps the Home Park custodian could prove to be an astute signing indeed.

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