Three free agents for Birmingham to consider

Picture Supplied by Action Images

Birmingham City are in desperate need of quality additions as they attempt to challenge for promotion this season.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett before the matchBirmingham manager Gary Rowett has much work to do over the summer in regards to bringing in players

Birmingham City's recruitment drive is in full swing, with Blues boss Gary Rowett talking openly about the club's intention to bring in numerous signings (Birmingham Mail).

With the Midland's outfit having to operate under a strict financial budget, and there being so many good players available on free transfers this summer, here are three free agents who would greatly improve the Birmingham squad:

Adrian Mariappa - CB:

Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa looks dejected after losing the FA CupAdrian Mariappa 

The 29-year-old defender is available on a free transfer after being released by Crystal Palace last month.

The Jamaican international is highly experienced at Championship level after successful spells with Watford, Reading and, most recently, Palace.

His versatility enables him to play in both centre-back and right-back positions, which could prove crucial for Birmingham as face the challenge of such a physically demanding campaign in the Championship.

While Mariappa is not as physically imposing as some defenders, he is an exceptionally good reader of the game, and his ability to intercept opposition attacks could prove to be a fantastic asset for Gary Rowett's side.

Junior Hoilett - AM:

Queens Park Rangers Junior Hoilett (R) in action with Burton Albion's Marcus Harness Junior Hoilett 

The 26-year-old Canadian international is available on a free transfer following his release from Queens Park Rangers, and would be a superb signing for the Blues.

His direct style of play would give them an entirely different option to the ones they already possess, and would provide the side with an extra threat of pace which is crucial in the modern game. 

At just 26, Hoilett still has lots of room for improvement, and could turn out to be the difference in Birmingham's Premier League promotion hopes.

Steven Pienaar - AM:

Everton's Steven Pienaar before the game Steven Pienaar 

Another attacking midfield option, Pienaar would bring much needed experience to Gary Rowett's squad. 

His undoubted quality would improve Birmingham's attacking options immeasurably, whilst he is also apt at playing a deeper midfield role which would, in turn, increase Rowett's options even further.

The 34-year-old is an entirely different player to Hoilett, despite playing in a similar position, and his excellent vision and guile in the final third would surely improve the club's potency front of goal, after they managed just 53 goals in 46 Championship outings last term.

Throughout his career, Pienaar has displayed his willingness to help out with defensive duties, and this would be a highly appealing trait for a coach of Rowett's disciplined philosophy.

Birmingham would be in a far stronger position if they could bring in any of the free agents mentioned above, and with no financial outlay required as far as transfer fees are concerned, they would seem to be a sensible moves to consider at the very least.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch