Gary Rowett optimistic about what Birmingham City can do in January transfer window

The Blues boss is hoping that new investment will strengthen the club's promotion hopes.

Gary Rowett has admitted that December will be a tough month for Birmingham City, but they will feel the benefits in January if they can stay in the promotion hunt, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Since Rowett arrived at St Andrew's, the Blues have surprised many by building upon the promise shown last season to now sit inside the Championship's top six. 

However, their chances of staying in the play-off positions have suffered a setback after top goalscorer Clayton Donaldson sustained an injury earlier in the campaign. And while James Vaughan arrived from Huddersfield during the loan window, Rowett admits that getting through this month largely unscathed is going to be a big ask (via Mail).

"It’s about us getting some points on the board now, working incredibly hard until January and then I think we will be in a really, really strong position if we are still in and around the top six," he said.

The Mail report that the club have recently secured investment from their potential new owners in Hong Kong, and that has given the manager plenty of confidence about their chances of enjoying success after the January window.

"We are going to have a testing time up until that point but the club have been really good and backed us, with the investors, to put us in a very, very strong position come the next window opening," he added.

Despite boasting one of the smallest squads in the division, Rowett has managed to keep the club in with a chance of returning to the Premier League. 

His efforts with the Midlands side have attracted the interest of rivals Queens Park Rangers and Fulham, who are both seeking a new manager, but the Blues have issued a statement which quashed the suggestion that he may be leaving (via Mail). 

And with investment now secured, it seems that Rowett is convinced that it is Birmingham City that offer him the best chance of managing in the top flight. 

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