Birmingham City transfer latest as Blackburn stance revealed and January exit offered

John Rudy was linked with a summer transfer exit from Birmingham City. (Image: Getty Images)John Rudy was linked with a summer transfer exit from Birmingham City. (Image: Getty Images)
John Rudy was linked with a summer transfer exit from Birmingham City. (Image: Getty Images)
Latest Birmingham City transfer news as an update is provided on the futures of two out-of-contract players.

Birmingham City almost got rid of Keshi Anderson in the January transfer window, it has emerged from a report.

BirminghamLive say that Tony Mowbray was willing to allow Anderson to leave so he could secure one of his own targets. The 29-year-old only joined on a free transfer from Blackpool in the summer but rather than ending his stay at St Andrew's after just six months he opted to fight for his place.

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He was rewarded with his first start in over six months on Saturday by Gary Rowett having not been fancied by Mowbray or Mark Venus. Rowett’s decision proved to be a masterstroke as Anderson forced Bobby Thomas to put the ball in to his own net, making for a huge victory at the weekend.

Anderson only signed a one year deal when he arrived last summer when John Eustace was in charge. He is one of several players out of contract, but at the moment it is just something that he is ‘getting on with’.

In an interview with BirminghamLive, he said: “I had a similar thing last year (at Blackpool) as well. It can happen and it’s something, as footballers, you have to get on with. “Managers pick teams that they imagine will win games. We’re in an industry where not everyone can play so it’s just one of those things.

“People view football differently. “People will look from the outside and see the qualities that individuals have, personally I feel I am someone who can play week in, week out in this team. I feel like I should have been but everyone in the team must think that.”

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In other news, reports linking John Ruddy with a move to Blackburn Rovers are ‘wide of the mark’. A report from The Sun claimed that John Eustace was eyeing a potential reunion with the one-time England international.

The Lancashire Telegraph however have dismissed the reports. He is said not to be a target for Blackburn who already have Aynsley Pears and Leo Wahlstedt as their goalkeeping options. Pears is in contract at Ewood Park until 2027 whilst Wahlstedt's deal runs until 2026, and so that rules a move for him out, unless Eustace was to move someone on.

Ruddy is out of contract at the end of the season and the goalkeeping area is an area of concern. Neil Etheridge who has been back-up this season also sees his contract expire and a decision has yet to be made on their futures.

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