Toon target Blues stopper - reports

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Newcastle are ready to renew their interest in Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell reports the Daily Mail.

The 27-year-old is believed to have submitted a transfer request in the summer, amid reported interest from the Barclays Premier League, as the Blues were relegated into the second-tier.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is one manager credited with an interest in Ridgewell, who is likely to be made available in January as Birmingham look to raise some money to ease their debts at St Andrews.

Newcastle have made an impressive start to the 2011-12 campaign, and remain undefeated after nine games - a record that stems from a strong defensive line.

Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini have excelled under Pardew, but Newcastle's options beyond that are thin, and so will look to bring Ridgewell to St James Park in a bid to increase the competition for places.

His versatility is also seen as another major plus, with the ability to play right across the defence - the signing may engineer the sale of Danny Simpson, who has been linked with the Newcastle exit door in January.

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