Birmingham will offer former Derby man Giles Barnes the chance to stay in England according to the Daily Mirror. 21 year old Barnes was released from his Derby contract earlier this month following a number of injury problems and a move to Holland had been suggested with former England manager Steve McLaren said to be keen to bring the attacking midfielder to his league leaders FC Twente.
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is looking to deny that move from happening though by bringing Barnes to St. Andrews and it is plausible to think that the youngster will prefer to try his luck in the Premiership rather than to move abroad and have to adjust to the Eredivisie.
Barnes was once the most promising youngster in Derby’s squad and was named Derby’s Young Player of the Year in 2007 whilst getting plaudits from all over as Derby earned promotion to the Premiership. It proved an unhappy year for both Derby and Barnes the next season though as Derby went back down to the Championship with a whimper and Barnes suffered the first of his injury problems which have stunted his career progress to date.
A loan spell at Premiership side Fulham at the start of the year failed to work out for Barnes due to his injury problems and he suffered more setbacks in the summer which led to his recent release. Birmingham believe the talent is still there though and are willing to take a chance on the former England Under 21 man in the hopes that he can recover from his injury and reclaim his best form which would make him a top prospect once again.
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