Leeds United could be boosted in their pursuit of goalkeeper David Stockdale.
According to the Birmingham Mail, goalkeeper David Stockdale has been omitted from Birmingham City's pre-season training, but is expected to return next week.
The Blues swooped to land Stockdale last summer, striking a surprise deal to sign the shot-stopper despite him playing a key part in Brighton and Hove Albion's promotion to the Premier League.
However, the 32year-old endured a difficult season at St. Andrews, making some major errors as Birmingham struggled and only just survived in the Championship under Garry Monk.
Now, the Birmingham Mail report that not only has Stockdale been told that he can leave, but he has also been left out of the start of pre-season training, which began on Monday.
The report does note that Stockdale is expected to be back in training next week, but it's unclear whether he will be included in the club's pre-season trip to Austria, which begins a week on Friday.
The news should be a major boost to Leeds United, who could offer boyhood Whites fan Stockdale a dream move to Elland Road this summer.
Stockdale was born in Leeds, and is understood to be one of Leeds' targets between the sticks after allowing German flop Felix Wiedwald to join Eintracht Frankfurt last week.
Leeds have an up-and-coming goalkeeper in Bailey Peacock-Farrell, but landing a proven Championship shot-stopper – and one who loves the club – in Stockdale could be a smart move, with Birmingham seemingly ready to part ways with him.