The five top targets in the Birmingham City firesale

Nikola Zigic

It emerged yesterday that Birmingham's torrid season has received yet another kick between the legs as their perilous financial position was revealed publicly by manager Lee Clark.

Clark confirmed to reporters on Monday evening that the club are open to offers from clubs for their players in an effort to loosen the strain on the clubs coffers.

This statement will have had many clubs on red alert, but who are the players likely to bring in the most revenue and receive the greatest attention?

We give the lowdown on five players who could be set for a move from St Andrews, and possibly be popping up in the Premier League come the end of January.

Jack Butland

The England goalkeeper was always likely to attract interest from the Premier League this window but yesterday's statement will have clubs rubbing their hands in glee at potentially snapping up Butland for a great value price.

He has been linked with many of the Premier Leagues top clubs previously including Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton whilst it wouldn't be a surprise to see Man United make a move following a series of errors over the season from David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard. It must also be remembered that he won't be cup tied for the FA Cup having been rested for both games against Leeds, offering clubs the perfect opportunity to blend the youngster in.

Curtis Davies

Davies is a player that has vastly underachieved in his career. Snapped up by West Brom back in 2005, the centre back looked to have the world at his feet with endless potential. A move to Aston Villa followed, but since the defenders stock has rapidly declined.

Nevertheless Davies still has plenty to offer and experience is likely to have made him a better player, greatly suited to a relegation dogfight. He has been linked with moves to Reading and Southampton, with a fee of £1.5 million being bandied about. At that price it's certainly a gamble worth taking if he can reproduce his best form and at 27 years old is heading in to the prime of his career.

Nathan Redmond

Redmond is one of the next generation of speedy, skilled wingers in the same mould as the likes of Raheem Sterling, Nathan Dyer and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Sadly his inconsistency has slowed the progression of a player who should really be playing in the Premier League by now.

A couple of seasons ago Redmond was seen as the next big talent, before the emergence of the afore-mentioned trio but talk has died down around the youngster in the last twenty four months. Nevertheless the news on Birmingham's financial setbacks have already alerted the likes of Liverpool and Swansea who could pick up a fantastic talent at a vast cut price of his true worth.

Nikola Zigic

It's fair to say that Zigic has never completely established himself as a fan favourite at St Andrews, but the striker has shown enough in patches to indicate he can perform at a higher level.

His height alone always makes him a danger, even if he can be remarkably lazy and nonplussed in certain situations. Could suit a side like Stoke that like to have the large focal point up top or potentially just add depth to a side that will provide him with plenty of service such as Arsenal or Spurs who are both light in striking options. At a likely price of £1-2 million it's a low risk gamble.

Chris Burke

Last seasons Birmingham City Player of the season has seen his form drop discernibly as he's failed to match similar heights, but has already attracted interest and no doubt will continue to do so.

Has already been linked with a £600,000 move to Nottingham Forest but that total is barely a drop in the ocean for a club to pay and he could therefore make a great target for many of the struggling Premier League sides. May not be the most glamorous of players but he is effective and works hard for the team, attributes that would fit in perfectly at a side such as Wigan or Aston Villa.

So who do you believe could secure a move away from St Andrews this window? And Birmingham fans, who are you willing to let go and who must stay at all costs?

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