Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp is increasingly hopeful of signing former Chelsea captain John Terry after making a ‘good offer’ and reportedly hijacking the 36-year-old’s proposed move to Aston Villa.
Following a narrow escape from relegation from the Championship last season, Redknapp and Birmingham are eager to add experience and depth back into the club as they look to challenge for promotion next season.
After being promised significant funds this transfer window, according to the The Times, the Blues manager is also keen to sign at least five players on free transfers and Terry heads that list after encouraging signs from the 36-year-old as he appears willing to drop down a division to continue his trade.
A player of Terry’s experience and stature does not come onto the market often, and therefore the former England international has a number of potential suitors across world and English football, including: Aston Villa, West Brom, and Bournemouth.
Following his 22-year association with Chelsea, Terry remains aware of his ability to play regularly and therefore wants to join a club which can offer him that as well as supporting him in finishing his coaching badges, as he looks to become a manager in the near future.
His wage demands would more than likely make him the Blues’ highest earner, which could cause Redknapp to look elsewhere for competition for Michael Morrison and Ryan Shotton, but quotes from the talkSport on Thursday suggest the 70-year-old would love to bring Terry to Birmingham, and an offer is already on the table.
How have we gone from impending doom to league 1 to making an offer to John Terry in the space of 3 months #bcfc
— David Byrne (@dbyrne2112) June 15, 2017
He said: “I’d love to have him at the football club.
“He’s a fantastic captain and great leader.
“We’ve made him a good offer and we have done the best we can. It’s up to John now, but we would love him at Birmingham.”
He added: “I had a chat with him and said to him to come in – he’s doing his coaching badges – have a year or two and who knows what he wants to do in the future?”