Bookies list Birmingham City as shock candidates to sign Chelsea's John Terry this summer

New Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp during the press conference

Birmingham's local rivals West Bromwich Albion are slightly ahead of them in the running.

Chelsea's John TerryChelsea's John Terry

Bookmakers Paddy Power are listing Birmingham City as shock candidates to sign Chelsea's John Terry this summer.

Terry's departure from Stamford Bridge, where he has won 14 major honours in 22 years, has already been confirmed, with Premier League sides Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion the early front-runners, if early reports are to be believed.

Understandably, the pair are also among the favourites with Paddy Power, with odds of 15/8 and 7/2 respectively, although at 7/1 Birmingham are also deemed contenders, it seems.

While the Blues may be facing relegation to League One this season, their newly-appointed boss Harry Redknapp is a long term admirer of former England captain Terry, and is sure to test the water should he keep the St Andrew's side up and extend his stay in the second city.

New Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp during the press conferenceNew Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp

Whether or not Terry would be keen on stepping down a division remains to be seen, however, and the 36-year-old could still move abroad with Major League Soccer (10/3) and China (8/1) also listed as likely destinations.

West Brom are widely expected to add to their back line this summer, having allowed Jonas Olsson to return to his native Sweden last month.

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