Premier League contact over Jordan James transfer could lead to bidding war for Birmingham City

Birmingham City could be set for a bidding war over Jordan James with more clubs emerging as potential suitors for the teenage talent.

James was the subject of offers from Europa League winners Atalanta in January, while Fiorentina, Crystal Palace, and Wolves have also been credited with interest in the past. Now, West Ham and Leicester City are said to be keen.

Journalist Alan Nixon has written that West Ham now lead the hunt for James and have been in contact with Blues over the 19-year-old midfielder. It’s said that the Hammers’ new boss Julen Lopetegui is keen, having first shown an interest in James when he was Wolves manager.

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If Blues are going to lose James this summer following their fall into League One, the more clubs keen the better. They should still be able to command a decent fee, with 12 months left on James’ contract, plus a year option.

Having broken into the senior Wales side and having scored eight goals in the Championship this season, all before the age of 20, James is being tipped for the top. His international manager Rob Page expects him to be on the move this summer.

“I think he has proven at top international level, against top midfielders in Croatia, to name one team, [that] he is more than capable of playing at that level as a [number] six," Page said. "I know there is definitely interest. I would not be surprised if he is gone. We will have to wait and see.”

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