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Ex-Saint set for move to Birmingham?

Ex-Saint set for move to Birmingham?

Former Saint Matthew Mills is being strongly linked with a loan move to promotion chasing Birmingham City, following their failure to land the young defender during the January transfer window.

Birmingham are looking to use the loan window, which opens next week for Football League clubs, to their advantage with reports suggesting that they're willing to pay £1.5m for the 22-year-old, just to secure his services on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Mills was subject of a 'substantial' bid from Birmingham on transfer deadline day, although Doncaster rejected the bid and stressed that they didn't want to be viewed as a selling club.

Birmingham City boss, Alex McLeish, is keen to add a centre-half to his squad, although he has stated he's unsure whether the move for Mills is set to go through.

Speaking to, he said, "I don't know if it is a goer, but I would be delighted if we can strengthen the position."

Speaking after Birmingham's 1-1 draw with Burnley, McLeish went on to say, "It's not a slight on the others in the squad, but I do believe that it is a position that we need to make a little bit stronger. I really don't know (about the Mills deal). I do the recommendations and then it is up to the board to do the deals."

Any potential move could be seen as a positive for Saints and their fans. If Mills were to link up with McLeish at St Andrews, it would considerably weaken relegation rivals Doncaster Rovers, who have been on fine form in recent weeks, having recorded five victories in their last six outings.

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Writer:Daniel Bailey
Date:Monday February 9 2009
Time: 3:29PM


I was a big fan of Mills when he was at Saints and backed him to achieve big things. When he left us for Man City, things didn't work out but I'm not at all surprised to see that he's being linked with a club like Birmingham. Would be a good move for the lad and a good opportunity to play in The Premiership, with Birmingham looking as though they'll be promoted this season. Not to mention the fact that it weakens Doncaster so it's a good move for Saints too!
09/02/2009 15:46:00
mills and even crainie would be great for saints at the moment
09/02/2009 22:39:00
Yeah agreed. We've given away defenders that would walk into our first team. Massive error by the club!
10/02/2009 03:36:00
abesaint, we didn't 'give away' mills or cranie. mills left to further his career at man city. steve wigley was also there at the time and they knew each other well from their time at southampton together. admittedly it didnt work out for mills, but hes getting his career back on track at donny, and as reported on here hes being linked with a move to birmingham now. as for cranie, his contract was up and he wanted to go too. pompey came in for him and he jumped at the chance to double his wages id imagine. once again, it hasnt worked out for him there either, and i think hes still at charlton on loan isnt he? either way, its not a case of us giving these players away, but more about them wanting to leave to line their pockets. oh, and further their career too ;)
12/02/2009 15:42:00
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