Birmingham City fans in the Transfer Tavern will be hoping that the Blues can beat their Championship rivals to the loan signing of one of Chelsea’s most exciting prospects.
Manager Garry Monk will be aiming to improve on the Blues’ 19th place finish in the Championship last season, where they avoided the drop by just five points.
Having scored just 38 goals in the league last time out (the joint-lowest in the division with relegated Burton) Monk will need bring in attacking players who can provide competition for places at St Andrews.
The Daily Mail has reported that Birmingham have joined the race to sign attacking midfielder Kasey Palmer on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.
Palmer spent the first half of last season on loan at Huddersfield, making four appearances in the Premier League before a hamstring injury cut the deal short. The 21-year-old then joined Derby in the Championship and made 15 league appearances, scoring two goals and providing one assist.
Generally playing in the number 10 role, Palmer is technically gifted and provides a link between the midfield and strikers.
The England U21 international is highly rated at Chelsea and his parent club will look for a loan that will best suit his development. Monk and Birmingham should do all they can to convince those at Stamford Bridge that they are the right club for Palmer.
The Mail also reports that Norwich, Sheffield United and Newcastle are keen on the Chelsea youngster.