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Reading ponder a move for Birmingham City defender

We have been impressed with Reading’s recent revival here in the Football Transfer Tavern, and the word on the street is that Brian McDermott is set to strengthen his squad further, according to James Nursey of the Daily Mirror.

Reading are keen on bringing Birmingham City defender Curtis Davies to the Madjeski Stadium, with it understood that Birmingham are desperate to sell due to their precarious financial position.

The Championship club need to sell to stay afloat, and are desperate for the former Luton Town defender’s £27,000-a-week salary to be trimmed from their wage bill.

The Royals are mulling over a £1.5 million bid for the centre back as they look to boost their survival chances.

Davies has Premier League experience having played in the top flight for both Aston Villa, Birmingham and West Bromwich Albion, and was once regarded as a future England international centre half.

Brian McDermott has seen his side record back-to-back Premier League victories to really boost their chances of Premier League survival – results he also hopes will be able to attract new names to the club.

Birmingham meanwhile are struggling to clear their wage bill, and have made striker Marlon King available on a free transfer. They are also looking for somebody to take striker Nikola Zigic’s £55,000-a-week wages off their books, whilst winger Chris Burke is still interesting former Blues boss Alex McLeish at Nottingham Forest.

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