Birmingham expecting Premier League interest in Darren Randolph

Birmingham City are hoping to extend Darren Randolph's contract, but admit they have left themselves open to advances from the Premier League.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett would rather not be discussing the issue of Darren Randolph’s future in public.

He would much prefer to keep things under wraps, with his first-choice goalkeeper in the process of running down a contract which is due to expire next summer.

Those at St Andrew’s are eager to see him commit to fresh terms, with the 27-year-old in fine form of late.

It is, however, those performances which have drawn admiring glances from afar and led interested parties to explore his situation further.

Rowett is now faced with the tough task of convincing Randolph to stay put while speculation of a possible January move to the Premier League begins to swirl around him.

He said in the Birmingham Mail: “I have spoken to Darren, I have spoken to his agent and certainly we are wanting to keep him for longer.

“Like any player that’s out of contract at the end of the season and you are so close to January, I think most players just want to see if there is something higher.

“Every player in my team is ambitious and I want them to be ambitious and if a Premier League club comes in for Darren Randolph, then fantastic.

“But we would love to keep him and I think he’s one of the best goalkeepers in this division.”

  SavesPunchesTotal High ClaimAccurate Goal KicksAppearancesMins Played
Darren Randolph 80 21 30 71 21 1,882

Randolph was an ever-present for Birmingham last season, his first since completing a return to England from Motherwell.

The former Charlton Athletic shot-stopper has missed just one game this term, which further highlights his value to the cause.

There are a few top-flight clubs said to be in the market for goalkeeping reinforcements in the New Year, but whether they are looking for a number one or for players from the Football League remains to be seen.

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