Birmingham under transfer embargo

Championship side Birmingham City have confirmed that they are under a transfer embargo this summer, but that talks “remain ongoing” with the English Football League.

The West Midlands club have only signed left-back Kristian Pederson from Union Berlin this summer.  That deal was confirmed in June.  No players have been sold.  However, the club did have Sam Gallagher (Southampton), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) and Jeremie Boga (Chelsea) on loan from Premier League sides last season. Neither of the aforementioned trio are on the Blues’ books this season.

Birmingham’s embargo relates to regulations on profitability and sustainability.

A statement on the club’s official website read:

“Unfortunately and disappointingly the EFL are currently refusing to allow us to make additions to strengthen the squad.

“Talks remain ongoing in regard to profitability and sustainability regulations. The club has spent several months working diligently to satisfy the EFL.

“We are hopeful that a satisfactory agreement can be reached with the EFL as soon as possible to help ensure our continued competitiveness in the Championship.”

Birmingham City only avoided relegation to League One on the final day of last season as manager Garry Monk guided them to a 19th-place finish.

The Blues start their 2018-19 campaign at home to Norwich City on Saturday 4 August.