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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Neil Fissler

BIRM­ING­HAM could be forced to off­load Eng­land un­der-19 in­ter­na­tional winger Nathan Red­mond to a Pre­mier League club this sum­mer.

Scouts from the top flight have been flock­ing to St An­drews this sea­son to watch some of Lee Clark’s highly-rated side in ac­tion.

And the star at­trac­tion has been the 19-year-old with Nor­wich City and Ful­ham lead­ing the chase.

West Mid­lands ri­vals West Brom could also be in­ter­ested in Red­mond, who made his first team de­but at the age of 16.

While Wat­ford could also be in­ter­ested but that would be de­pen­dent upon them win­ning pro­mo­tion to the top flight.

The Blues have al­ready off­loaded Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Jack But­land to Stoke City for £3.5m in a bid to raise funds.

They are still fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture and could be forced to sell an­other one of their highly rated stars to keep the cash flow go­ing through the sum­mer months.

Birm­ing­ham owner Car­son Ye­ung is due to stand trial on money laun­der­ing charges in Hong Kong and sell­ing Red­mond looks likely.

Clark is keen to hang onto the highly rated star but Red­mond is com­ing into the last 12 months of his con­tract and they won’t want to risk go­ing to a tri­bunal. HUD­DER­S­FIELD have been north of the bor­der check­ing out highly-rated mid­fielder Lawrence Shank­land.

Scot­land un­der18 in­ter­na­tional Shank­land has scored 13 goals for Queens Park this sea­son. CARDIFF are plan­ning to go on a ma­jor spend­ing spree af­ter win­ning pro­mo­tion back to the top flight.

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay will be handed a trea­sure chest to try and keep the newly pro­moted club in the top flight.

For­mer Liver­pool and Hol­land striker Dirk Kuyt is one of the play­ers who has been at­tract­ing the in­ter­est of Cardiff.

The 32-year-old is play­ing in Turkey for Fener­bahce and will take some con­vinc­ing to re­turn to the Pre­mier League.

An­other player that Mackay is in­ter­ested in is West Ham United’s mid­fielder Gary O’Neil.

The Ham­mers are be­lieved to be look­ing at a clear out of play­ers this sum­mer and O’Neil could be sur­plus to re­quire­ments in the East End.

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