Birmingham City boss Garry Monk has told the Birmingham Mail that he has told David Stockdale he can leave – but only on the club's terms.
Former Blues boss Harry Redknapp looked to have secured a major coup last summer, as he convinced Stockdale to stick in the Championship and join Birmingham despite playing a key role in Brighton and Hove Albion's promotion to the Premier League.
Stockdale, 32, was seen as the first building block on Redknapp's way to building a serious promotion-chasing team, but it proved to be a nightmare season for the Blues and Stockdale himself.
The former Fulham stopper was a regular for the Blues with 36 appearances to his name, but he didn't hit top form, and even committed uncharacteristic errors as Birmingham only narrowly survived relegation.
The summer has arrived and manager Garry Monk is looking to make changes and slash the club's wage bill, with Stockdale now primed for the St. Andrews exit.
Stockdale was left out of the start of pre-season training last week, and Stockdale's hometown and boyhood club Leeds United have been pursuing a loan deal for the goalkeeper.
Now though, Blues boss Monk – formerly of Leeds, which may just be a reason why the deal is being haggled over – has told the Birmingham Mail that whilst Stockdale has been informed that he can leave, it will only be on the club's terms, with no offer yet meeting their demands.
“When I came in here there was a huge amount of players contracted to the club from a first team perspective," said Monk. “That’s No. 1, I have to really cut that down, that’s very excessive. “The second part of that is you have to assess the comings and goings. You have to assess which ones I feel I want to give the opportunity to go forward with and which ones not. Everyone that is involved in all of that process is very clear, they have been told - that’s my job, to make those decisions and do it with conviction.”
“All the players I don’t see in terms of going forward have been told, David is one of them. It’s for him to find the right solution to himself. But it’s got to suit the club as well, it has always got to be on our terms. If the club feels it’s the right package then the club will do it. If it’s not then that will be the situation,” he added.