Birmingham City’s shock Tammy Abraham transfer link revealed
Birmingham City almost signed Tammy Abraham, it has been revealed.
The club’s former head of performance and recruitment has lifted the lid on the turbulent transfer situation at the club in 2014 when Gary Rowett took over as manager and Carson Yeung was in prison.
It’s a time that the Blues fans won’t need too much reminding about, but they may not know how close Blues came to a deal for the current Aston Villa loanee.
Darren Robinson told Sky’s Transfer Centre Extra show about the tough time the club had with the owner’s troubles and trying to get players through the door.
He revealed: “The owner was in prison so we were unable to go and wheel and deal within the transfer market, so it set the parameters quite clearly,” Robinson said.
“We could only deal in loans, free transfers and out of contract players. It was manager led, so Gary Rowett gave us the key performance indicators of what he was looking for and the scouting department could set off and actually deliver that.
“We identified Tammy Abraham (at Birmingham), we really liked him.
“We made a pitch into the manager at the time and he was a bit reticent because it would have been his (Abraham’s) first loan.
“Bristol City acted quite quickly and they benefited because the lad came in and was able to take that step up.
“So often, you’re looking for that previous history so for Derby and Harry Wilson, it was much easier this season because he had a prior loan experience at Hull.”