Is Jack Butland really the best bargain available at Birmingham City?

While teams are understandably after the young England international should Premier League teams also start looking at former West Brom and Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies?

Birmingham City are certainly a club in a mini-crisis. Not only are they underperforming in the league but off the pitch the club is in financial turmoil. The blame for their current predicament lies pretty much solely at the door of Carson Yeung.

Their enigmatic owner was charged with money laundering offences in 2011 and since then money has stopped flowing into the club and a protracted transfer from former QPR supremo Gianni Paladini appears to have gone cold.

It has left the club willing to listen to offers for some of their more valuable assets as they attempt to fight off the threat of administration and potential relegation.

One player has been the subject of more transfer hysteria than any other at St Andrews; their young England international goalkeeper Jack Butland. Sure you can understand why as he is a highly talented stopper with a bright future ahead of him but is he the best bargain available at the club?

This season he has not been in fantastic form for Lee Clark’s men; making uncharacteristic mistakes that have on occasion proven costly.

Yet there is one player in the Birmingham squad who it is perplexing to believe no Premier League teams have considered making an approach for.

Curtis Davies has been on the scene for a few years now; originally catching they eye at Luton Town as they rose up the football ladder (and have since tumbled back down it). Named League One Player of the Year in 2005; the same year Sam Ricketts was nominated for the award with a League Two Swansea City side (funny old game) he soon found himself the envy of many a top club.

Eventually he signed for West Brom which started his affinity with the Birmingham area which also included a spell at Aston Villa.

His time at Villa Park had its downs and well more downs; from comparing his debut performance to that of a ‘pub player’ and suffering injury after injury the player once dubbed a future England international looked far from the finished article.

He moved to Birmingham in 2011 and two years on he has proven his talent is still prominent. Last year he was named in the Championship Team of the Season and at 27-years-old he has been one of the best players in the league this season; often earning City valuable points single-handedly.

So if anyone wants to raid Birmingham City this January casting an eye over Curtis Davies may be just as profitable a bargain as the more touted Jack Butland.

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