Birmingham City are reportedly keen to bring Matija Sarkic back to the club on a permanent deal from Wolves.
The Blues signed the 24-year-old last summer on loan, which was supposed to be for the whole season.
Sarkic had been doing really at St. Andrew’s, filling in for Neil Etheridge who had initially been unavailable after being hospitalised with Covid-19.
But he suffered dislocated shoulder in the closing stages of a Championship game with QPR in January.
The injury actually meant he’d need surgery, and would be out for the rest of the season.
That was a huge shame for Sarkic, who had been developing nicely after a good campaign with Shrewsbury Town in 2020/21.
Following that update, Sarkic returned to Wolves, where he was been recuperating and rehabilitating.
But it seems Sarkic showed enough at St. Andrew’s to convince Birmingham to go after him again.
The Birmingham Mail have reported the club have already been in touch with Wolves about a potential deal this summer.
Sarkic will only have a year left on his contract at Molineux at the end of this season. And the Blues would like a permanent transfer.
It remains to be seen if that is something Wolves will entertain.
At the moment, John Ruddy’s future is up in the air. The veteran’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Bruno Lage hopes he’ll agree to an extension, but it might be that Ruddy looks to try and find a new club where he’ll play more.
Bruno Lage needs to take a close look at Matija Sarkic in pre-season
It is understandable Birmingham are keen to sign Sarkic permanently.
He showed a very high level for them before his season-ending injury.
But Bruno Lage surely needs to make sure he gets a good look at Sarkic before officials entertain any interest.
It’s possible he could be good enough to serve as back-up for Jose Sa.
He has previously talked about eventually becoming the number one at Wolves. Perhaps the ace Jeff Shi said had ‘lots of potential‘ could eventually achieve that, after being the club’s number two for a period first.