Birmingham City Linked With Former Leeds United Star

Newly relegated League One side Birmingham City are being linked with a move for Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, according to The Mirror.

27-year-old Peacock-Farrell, who has 46 caps for Northern Ireland and is regarded as being his country’s first-choice goalkeeper, has made just 24 appearances in East Lancashire since moving from Leeds United in 2019, and a switch to the West Midlands could present him with an opportunity to reignite his career.

Peacock-Farrell spent last term on loan at Danish side Aarhus, picking up 11 clean sheets in 28 appearances in Scandinavia, a record which is likely to have attracted suitors back in England with the goalkeeper entering the final year of his contract at Burnley.

The Northern Irishman is currently third choice at Turf Moor behind James Trafford and Arijanet Muric, but with the Clarets’ managerial situation still unclear, it is likely the club will not sell until the new man is in place and has analysed his options. That being said, with 12 months left on his deal, a transfer may happen regardless to avoid losing the player for free next summer.

Rumours of a move for the Darlington-born keeper come following reports linking current Birmingham City star John Ruddy with a move to Charlton Athletic, which would leave the club looking for a new man between the sticks.

The St Andrews outfit are facing their first season in the third tier since 2002 under new manager Chris Davies, and the club are willing to spend in order to get out of the league at the first attempt. Owner Tom Wagner is reportedly willing to splash out up to £20 million this summer, with reports linking the Blues with a deal for Sparta Rotterdam striker Tobias Lauritsen which would break the League One transfer record. A deal for Peacock-Farrell would further highlight the club’s ambition as they seemingly look to do whatever it takes to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Writer’s View

This is another move which shows the ambition of the hierarchy at Birmingham City, as the club look to recover from last season’s disastrous campaign and return to the Championship. Signing a player such as Peacock-Farrell with his second-tier experience is a wise decision.

From the player’s point of view, this may be the move that resurrects his career. It would provide the chance of being first-choice again and, with any luck, would only be a one-season stay in the third tier, after which Peacock-Farrell would be a Championship player once more.

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