Reported City target close to Championship move

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Birmingham City look likely to land former Gillingham winger Jordan Graham, despite interest from the Imps.

London News Online reports that the 26-year-old is set to move closer to his hometown of Coventry by signing for Lee Bowyer’s Blues, despite interest from other clubs: Charlton and Hull were both thought to be keen on his services, as were City. In fact, he was the first rumoured target of the summer, someone it is believed we offered a contract very quickly after the season ended.

However, despite having links with Michael Appleton, it seems as though Birmingham have won the race for his services, as they are able to offer the Championship football he craves. He emerged from the youth ranks at Aston Villa, appearing for England at Under 16 and Under 17 level. He then had loan spells at Ipswich, Bradford City and Wolves, before moving to the latter in 2015 whilst they were in the Championship.

Sadly, he didn’t get the chances he desired, he appeared just 14 times in the second tier, scoring once. He did have a five-game loan spell with  Oxford United, then managed by Michael Appleton. His initial loan was extended as he began to thrive there, but he was recalled after Wolves got an injury crisis.

Managed Graham briefly at Oxford – Credit Graham Burrell

He later had spells on loan with Fulham, Ipswich and Gillingham, as well as another stint at Oxford, before leaving Molineux in May 2020. Interestingly, he was due to enjoy a season-long loan with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, but it fell through when FIFA clearance was not forthcoming. Last season, he starred for Steve Evans’ side, scoring 13 times and adding seven assists, but he chose to depart at the end of the season, hunting a move to a higher level. That always left us at a disadvantage in the hunt for his signature, but we tried anyway. It appears that we may now have failed if reports are to be believed.

It’s been a tough few hours for city fans, hearing Jorge Grant may leave and maybe now missing out on a creative target, but I still have every faith that Michael Appleton will have us looking stronger and more creative by the time the season kicks off.