Birmingham City manager Lee Clark is preparing for busy summer at St Andrews, where a number of high-profile players are expected to leave due to financial restraints that show no sign of easing.
It has been well documented that Birmingham's owner Carson Yeung is currently facing court action back in his native Hong Kong as a result of money laundering accusations. Because of this, there has been very little funds available to Clark, and he knows that he will need to sell in order to buy.
But with players such as Marlon King, Peter Lovenkrands, Darren Ambrose and Hayden Mullins all being told they can listen to offers from other clubs, it looks to be another season of summer departures at St Andrews.
But apart from King, Blues know that there will be little chance of high-profile payments involved for the above players.
Because of this, Birmingham may have to listen to offers for key players such as Nathan Redmond and Curtis Davies, who may be allowed to leave if the price is right.
And there has already been transfer rumours escalating regarding the futures of Redmond and Davies, the two players deemed to be of highest value to Birmingham.
Former Blues manager Steve Bruce is reportedly interested in taking Curtis Davies to the KC Stadium for Hull City's first season back in the Premier League.
And in recent days Redmond has been linked with Michael Laudrup's Swansea City. So with the transfer rumours intensifying, Lee Clark faces a difficult summer ahead.
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