April 13, 2024

Birmingham City and Atlanta are negotiating the transfer of one of their key players.
Birmingham City may have to do more than a manager search this January after an Italian club made an approach for one of their key players. Blues terminated Wayne Rooney today (January 2), and now there are reports in Italy regarding a probable transfer for one of their players.

According to TuttomercatoWeb, Atalanta has made an offer of €4.5 million for James. The Wales player is being touted as the next Marten de Roon as the Serie A club looks to bolster their midfield options during the winter transfer window.
An offer of €4.5 million (about £3.9 million) has been made, and the decision is now in the hands of those in control. Craig Gardner is the technical director, and Garry Cook is the CEO, and they must decide whether to sever ways with James while they are still without a manager or head coach. The prospective sale of James might provide the incoming manager with spending money upon his hiring.
Personal arrangements have been arranged in anticipation of a possible move, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, in addition to reports in Italy. Romano stated on the social networking platform X, “Atalanta sent formal bid to Birmingham City for Jordan James, talks advancing between the two clubs.”The first cost will be roughly €4/4.5 million, plus any add-ons. TMW reports that a Welsh midfielder born in 2004 has agreed to personal terms.”

 

Wales call up Birmingham teenager Jordan James for Nations League games -  BBC Sport

 

Atalanta’s league rivals Bologna were interested in James, but the Bergamo club appears to have gotten ahead of them. They presently have on their books England-born striker Ademola Lookman, who has previously played for Everton, Fulham, and Leicester City. Former Premier League players Sead Kolasinac and Gianluca Scamacca are also on Atlanta’s roster.
James may be considered one of Wayne Rooney’s top performances, as he put up a fantastic effort in the 3-2 loss to Leicester City. The Hereford-born star, who joined City from Hereford, has made 26 appearances for the club this season, scoring five goals. He made his Wales debut in March 2023 and has since won eight caps, starting the past four EURO 2024 qualifiers.

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