Birmingham City Close To Signing Former Barcelona Midfielder

Birmingham City have enjoyed a mini-turnaround in form under new head coach Tony Mowbray and are now looking to strengthen the squad before the January transfer window ends, according to reports.

The Blues were on a dreadful run of form after Wayne Rooney was handed the job at St. Andrew’s back in October. The former Derby County boss picked up merely three victories in his 15 matches in charge in all competitions before losing his job following a dismal 3-0 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road.

His successor was tried and tested in England’s second tier, having done a commendable job with Sunderland, taking the Black Cats to the playoff places last season in unprecedented fashion, despite having one of the youngest squads in the division.

Since being appointed as the new manager earlier in the month, Mowbray has guided Birmingham City to a four-match unbeaten streak, having won two games and drawn twice. The Blues are unchanged in their league position but are now eight points above the relegation zone.

Now, it is being reported that Birmingham City are looking to bolster their midfield to ensure that the side are not dragged back down into a relegation battle later in the season. According to Sports Donga, via Birmingham World, the Midlands club are close to completing a deal for South Korea international Paik Seung-ho.

Having come through Barcelona’s esteemed academy, the 26-year-old has gone on to have a fine career, earning 15 caps for his national side, winning the K League 1 in 2021 with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and even earning the league’s Player of the Month award back in May.

Furthermore, the ex-Girona man scored in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar during a 4-1 defeat to Brazil in the Round of 16 in his only appearance on football’s grandest stage.

However, Paik Seung-ho is currently a free agent, having been released from his contract this month with Jeonbuk and has been in negotiations with Birmingham City, although Sunderland were said to have registered an interest in his signature too.

Writer’s View

Birmingham’s potential acquisition of Paik could be a response to the rumours linking midfielder James Jordan with a move to West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and even Serie A outfits Atalanta and Fiorentina.

Paik is a player with a lot of experience at the top level in Europe and on the world stage so it could be a very nice coup for the Blues, especially since the club will be signing him on a free.

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