Birmingham City are closing in on the transfer of Sunderland left-back George McCartney.

Alex McLeish hope’s to finalise a deal next week after offering around £2 million pounds for the Northern Ireland International.

McCartney 29, joined the Black Cats from West Ham in 2008 but hasn’t settled as well as he would have liked and could be persuaded to move to the midlands.

It’s a well known fact that Birmingham are on the lookout for a left sided defender after moves for Paul Konchesky and Fabio Grosso failed to materialize.

Meanwhile, The Blues boss has also been linked with loan moves for former Blackburn forward Matt Derbyshire from greek side Olympiakos. Manchester City outcast Craig Bellamy is also being linked.

The move for 24 year-old Derbyshire is the more likely of the two to go through, as The Blues face stiff competition from Celtic, Fulham and Spurs for 31 year-old Bellamy.

Birmingham kick off their Premier League campaign today with a trip to The Stadium of Light to face former boss Steve Bruce’s Sunderland.

Birmingham Squad: Foster, Doyle, Carr, Dann, Ridgewell, Johnson, Taylor, O’Shea, Murhpy, Gardner, Ferguson, Michel, Fahey, Valles, Mutch, Bowyer, Michel, Larsson, McFadden, Bent, Zigic, Jerome. 

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