Liverpool could be about to capitalise on Birmingham City's financial woes by pouncing for one of their biggest talents, young winger Nathan Redmond. However, Manchester City and Tottenham are also keen, while Manchester United have previously shown an interest in his services, so the onus is on Liverpool to convince Redmond that Anfield offers the best showcase for his continued development. talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has more...
Name: Nathan Daniel Jerome Redmond
Date of birth: 6 March 1994
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Club: Birmingham City
Honours: 2009 Victory Shield
International: Six England U19 caps (one goal), one U18 cap, 19 U17 caps (two goals), 7 U16 caps (one goal)
What's the latest?
With interest from Manchester City and United appearing in the summer, Birmingham City declared that Nathan Redmond was strictly not for sale. Fast forward a few months however and Birmingham's precarious financial situation may have changed matters. Birmingham owner Carson Yeung's assets have been frozen while he faces charges in Hong Kong, so with little access to funds, the club may be forced to sell their prize player. Liverpool are now closely monitoring the situation and it's believed that Redmond's' agent is sounding out potential suitors.
Did you know?
1) Born in Birmingham, Redmond caught the attention of his local team as an eight-year-old. According to the man himself, he scored a hat-trick for Blues on his Birmingham Under-10 debut.
2) Redmond's potential led him to make 15 appearances for Birmingham's U18 side while he was still only 15 years old. He scored three times in that period and went on to make appearances for the Birmingham reserves soon after. Birmingham even gave him a first team squad number and put him on standby for a Premier League game against Everton as a result of his rapid progress.
3) Inevitably, Redmond made his Birmingham first team debut in the League Cup against Rochdale in August 2010. At the time, former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish noted that he "set [the game] alight. He's electric, a right winger, but showed his versatility by coming in off the left and going in and hitting shots."
4) With his debut against Rochdale as a 16-year-old, Redmond became the second youngest player ever to make a senior appearance for Birmingham, taking the mantle from Blues legend Trevor Francis. He has since built upon that bright start by making 34 appearances, scoring seven goals in total, five of which came in the Europa League.
5) After winning Birmingham's Young Player of the Year award last season, Blues are unlikely to let him go for a small sum. It's believed that their starting price would be around £12m, but with a host of top clubs in the hunt the winning bidder may have to pay more in order to gain his signature.
"His performance was very bright, quick, he got a couple of shots away. And it excited me. It was a really bright spark for us. Has he got a big future? It looks like it." Former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish following Redmond's first team debut
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