Cardiff player bound for departure in Harry Redknapp’s 14 Birmingham deals now

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Harry Redknapp oversaw his only transfer window as Birmingham City manager in 2017, but where are the 14 players he signed this summer with just three left with the Blues?

St Andrew’s hierarchy appointed Redknapp to succeed Gianfranco Zola after the Italian resigned after just four months. Birmingham endured a poor run of form during Zola’s short stint in the Second City, winning just two league games out of a possible 22.

Redknapp only reached 20th place in the table with the Blues and only three points away from the relegation zone. The former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth manager would win two of his three games at the top to keep Birmingham safe and has signed a one-year deal.

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However, Redknapp’s positive start at Birmingham and a hectic summer transfer window did not translate into a positive 2017/18 season. The Blues sacked the 75-year-old in September after six straight defeats in all competitions and finished 23rd in the championship table.

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Lee Carsley temporarily replaced Redknapp before Birmingham appointed Steve Cotterill in October and Garry Monk in March. Collectively, the Blues finished the tenure in 19th place before embarking on a much smaller rebuild in the summer transfer window.

Just three of Redknapp’s 14 transfers as Birmingham manager now remain at the club

Marc Roberts, Maxime Colin and Harlee Dean remain top in Birmingham from Redknapp’s only transfer window. But Dean spent the second half of the 2021/22 tenure on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, starting just six of his seven League One appearances.

Of the other 11 players Redknapp signed as Birmingham manager in the summer of 2017, five came on loan. Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall joined from Arsenal, Liam Walsh came from Everton, Sam Gallagher joined from Southampton and Jeremie Boga joined Chelsea.

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Jenkinson later moved to Nottingham Forest £2 million in August 2019, but the City Ground Outfit will release him this summer. Bramall also left Arsenal for Colchester United in 2019 before the 26-year-old joined current club Lincoln City in 2021, where he has played 53 times.

Walsh returned to Everton in November 2017 before joining Bristol City the following January. He stayed with the Robins until July 2021 when he joined Swansea City, who loaned the 24-year-old to Hull City in January this year after seven games.

Gallagher’s efforts at St Andrew’s during the 2017/18 season convinced Blackburn Rovers to pay Southampton £5 million. The 26-year-old forward remains at Ewood Park today. But he has only offered 36 goals and 17 assists in 169 appearances in all competitions with them.

As for Boga, the seven-cap Côte d’Ivoire striker joined Serie A club Sassuolo after his spell at Birmingham. The Chelsea product later joined Atalanta in January in an initial loan deal, which the Bergamo side are committed to becoming permanent €18 million (£15.5m).

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Redknapp approved Gardner’s move as his first permanent transfer to Birmingham

Redknapp approved his first permanent transfer as Birmingham manager by paying off West Brom £1.5m for Craig Gardner. The Blues had already paid the Baggies £500,000 in rental fees during the January 2017 market. He would then remain at St Andrew’s until his retirement in 2020.

Redknapp sealed his first real permanent Birmingham transfer in Stockdale

David Stockdale joined Birmingham from Brighton for free in July 2017 as Redknapp’s first true permanent transfer as a Blues manager. The keeper had turned down a new South Coast deal to move to the Second City, where he would remain until September 2020.

However, he only played 40 times for the natives of St Andrew’s after spending time on loan at Southend, Wycombe and Coventry. Wycombe returned on another loan from the Blues in 2020 and would keep him, but for now risk losing Stockdale with Sheffield Wednesday.

N’Doye is now a Red Star captain, three years after St Andrew’s release

Birmingham signed Cheikh N’Doye from Angers in July 2017 and he made 40 appearances in the 2017/18 season. But the Senegalese star returned to Angers on loan for the next term before the Blues axed him in 2019. Red Star then crashed in 2020 where he is captain.

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Exit-tied Cardiff man Vassell had a limited impact during his stint at Second City

Isaac Vassell had limited impact during his tenure at Second City from 2017-2019. The striker made just 24 appearances, scoring once between his move from Luton Town and his departure for Cardiff. Now he’s leaving the Bluebirds When his contract expires on June 30th.

Peleteiro has remained without a club since Deportivo Alaves left

Jota Peleteiro is still without a club since leaving Deportivo Alaves at the end of his contract last year. The winger spent just one season at the Spanish side after leaving Aston Villa in 2020 after swapping between Birmingham outfits £4 million plus Gary Gardner.

Redknapp sealed the latest Birmingham transfer for Salford star Lowe

Redknapp secured his last permanent transfer as Birmingham manager with a deal to now sign Salford star Jason Lowe. The midfielder joined the Blues from Blackburn on deadline day but joined Bolton just a year later after playing just 11 games and starting eight.

Lowe would enjoy an extended stint at Bolton before moving to the second division with Salford in 2020. He has also played far more frequently, with 71 appearances at UniBol, while scoring two goals and scoring four for Salford in all competitions since reaching 96 appearances.

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