Birmingham City player chase revealed as Manchester United, Liverpool go into hiding

Birmingham City have entered the race to sign Fleetwood Town defender James Hill, according to a Birmingham Mail report.

It is understood that the Blues have already seen two offers rejected by the League One team as they seek to seal a move for the 19-year-old.

A separate Daily Record report earlier this year found that Manchester United and Liverpool were both keeping an eye on Hill, who had been the subject of an unsuccessful offer from Rangers in the previous transfer window.

Barcelona have also been touted as potential contenders for the defender while Burnley are also said to be interested in making a deal for Hill in January.

Hill’s current contract at Fleetwood will expire next summer, so the next window will give the club an opportunity to guarantee him a reasonable fee if he is unwilling to sign a new deal.

During the 2021/22 campaign, Hill made 15 appearances for the Cod Army in all competitions.

Currently forced to watch on the sidelines due to injury, the defender may have played his last game for Fleetwood.

The verdict

If Birmingham can convince Hill to move to St Andrew’s next month, it could prove to be an almighty blow from the club.

Given that Blues boss Lee Bowyer recently opted to put Harlee Dean on the transfer list, he may need to recruit a replacement for the center-back and Hill could do the trick.

The teenager currently averages a respectable WhoScored 6.77 in League One match and has managed to win 4.5 aerial duels per game at that level.

While it may take a while for the defender to adjust to life in a new division, there’s no reason he can’t continue to thrive under Bowyer’s leadership.

Hill’s arrival could also force Marc Roberts, Dion Sanderson and George Friend to step up their performances in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign.


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