The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

HARRY Red­knapp in­sists that Birm­ing­ham are not a sell­ing club af­ter re­veal­ing the Blues re­jected a £10m bid for Che Adams on the fi­nal day of the trans­fer win­dow.

Red­knapp re­fused to re­veal where the of­fer for 21-year-old for­ward Adams came from, but ex-Birm­ing­ham boss Gary Rowett – now in charge of Derby – had a £3m bid for the for­mer Sh­effield United young­ster turned down in early Au­gust.

Adams signed a new fiveyear con­tract with Birm­ing­ham this month and St An­drews boss Red­knapp reck­ons that his club’s stance un­der­lines their am­bi­tion to launch a suc­cess­ful pro­mo­tion bid this sea­son.

“We turned down £10m for Che on the trans­fer dead­line. If it’s not pub­lic who it’s from, I wouldn’t want to talk about that, but we did have a bid of that fig­ure,” he said.

“We didn’t want to sell him. We are build­ing a team here. The own­ers are am­bi­tious for this club.

“They are look­ing to build a team go­ing for­ward that can get in the Premier League. That’s the am­bi­tion of the club.

“Che has to buy into that as well. It is a good club and, if he can help take us to where we want to go, that’s fan­tas­tic. It was a great of­fer, but we are not a sell­ing club.

“They want to keep good play­ers, build a squad around the good young play­ers and build a team. It was never an op­tion to sell him.”

Sh­effield United won the race to sign the high­lyrated Adams from Non-League Ilke­ston in Novem­ber 2014 and, af­ter he scored 15 goals in 55 ap­pear­ances for the Blades, Birm­ing­ham plumped for his ser­vices last sum­mer in a deal po­ten­tially ris­ing to £1.9m.

The Blues star hit a hat­trick against Craw­ley in the Carabao Cup last month.

TAL­ENT: Che Adams

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