The January transfer window closed almost two weeks ago but Birmingham City are already planning for a busy summer ahead, according to the latest reports.
The Blues have had a dismal season so far, piquing back in October with a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in the West Midlands derby under former head coach John Eustace, who was recently appointed at Blackburn Rovers.
Wayne Rooney was controversially named as Eustace’s successor at St. Andrew’s, with the club sitting sixth in the Championship. Now, Tony Mowbray is tasked with guiding Birmingham to survival as the side are merely three points above the drop zone, having lost two consecutive matches in England’s second tier.
During the winter market, Mowbray was able to strengthen the squad, signing South Korea international Seung-ho Paik on a free transfer as well as Andre Dozzell on loan from fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers. The 60-year-old also reunited with Alex Pritchard, acquiring the playmaker for a nominal fee on deadline day from Sunderland.
Despite relegation to the third tier of English football being a real possibility now for the Blues, the club have already begun preparing for the summer window when Mowbray will have more money to spend on transfers.
According to journalist Alan Nixon, Birmingham City are hoping to sign Manchester United attacker Amad Diallo on loan before the beginning of the 2024/25 campaign, but face competition from Championship rivals Watford. The report claims that the only issue with a possible deal is the Ivorian’s wages as the Red Devils are expecting suitors to pay the majority of his weekly earnings.
The former Atalanta man has experience working with Mowbray from his time at the Stadium of Light. Under the Birmingham boss, Diallo made 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and recording four assists as the Black Cats reached the playoff semi-final last season.
OH MY WORD WHAT A GOAL AMAD DIALLO! 🤩☄️ pic.twitter.com/7g9YgnxUoD
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The only way this transfer is even remotely plausible is if Birmingham City manage to stay in the Championship for another season. However, it still seems unlikely given that Diallo is good enough to now play in one of Europe’s top-five leagues.
Furthermore, the attacker isn’t keen to leave Manchester United, even on loan. Despite his scare minutes with the English giants, The Real EFL reported back in November that Diallo wanted to stay at his current club to fight for a place, hence why a move in January never came to fruition, although there was interest from several clubs. This is unlikely to change over the next six months.