Dan Scarr truth and why Birmingham City transfers are taking longer than expected

Bailey Peacock-Farrell
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Birmingham City haven’t been able to add another fresh face to their squad since acquiring goalkeeper Ryan Allsop from Hull City this time last week.

Allsop, 32, has bolstered Blues’ goalkeeping department following the exit of Philippines international Neil Etheridge. While last season’s number one John Ruddy has been offered a new deal, Blues are busy scouring the market for another goalkeeper to compete with Allsop for the number one spot.

Blues have been linked with Burnley’s Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Peacock-Farrell has only made 24 appearances in five years at Burnley but he has completed loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Danish side Aarhus during that time. The 27-year-old remains Northern Ireland’s first choice goalkeeper, too.

The club are building from the back but they are being forced to remain patient in their pursuit of new players. Manager Chris Davies asked for supporters to bear with Blues last week.

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“There’s a lot of work going on identifying targets and assessing current players that we have based on observation and the data that we get provided,” said Davies. “There’s a lot of work going on and what’s important to me is I navigate that process with the right level of calm.

“We are being proactive and we are getting business done to bring players in to help us but at the same time we need to understand it’s going to take time to assemble the squad that’s going to be, not just a squad that stays with us for one season, but hopefully two or three. There’s a lot of work going on and a lot of good people here working hard behind-the-scenes and step by step we will get there and build a really good squad.”

Blues are a League One club in name but Davies and the club’s recruitment team have been instructed to build a squad for the Championship. Knighthead want Blues to have a team that can hit the ground running in the second tier once promotion is secured.

As a result of chasing Championship-standard players, Blues haven’t raced out of the transfer window blocks. The only concern from the outside looking in is that if Blues aren’t able to tempt enough of their first choice targets down to League One and have to reassess their ambitions, they might have wasted valuable time.

We are still some way off the panic station though. Blues still have 17 senior players and a possible XI that would be the envy of League One. Granted, some of those players will want to depart, but others will inevitably end up staying at St Andrew’s.

There has been a lot of noise about a potential return to Blues for defender Dan Scarr. Scarr, now 29, has worked his way back to the Championship with Plymouth Argyle since leaving Blues in 2019. However, BirminghamLive understands that a deal for Scarr is not currently on Blues’ agenda.

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