Birmingham City ‘accept’ transfer of ex-Aston Villa player
Birmingham City have reportedly ‘agreed’ to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Matija Sarkic.
Athletic report that a loan deal has been reached between the Blues and Wolves to sign Sarkic, who played in a friendly for Lee Bowyer’s side against Cheltenham Town on Saturday, for the coming season.
Sarkic was on trial with the Blues after joining Bowyer’s team last week and was brought in to make up for the absence of Neil Etheridge, who was in hospital due to coronavirus.
Etheridge has since returned home but will likely be away for an extended period as he recovers from the illness.
Sarkic left Aston Villa last year and joined Wolves, for whom he has yet to make a senior appearance.
The Montenegrin international spent last season on loan at Shrewsbury Town, making 26 League One appearances.
The Championship is the next step for Sarkic, who also played in the Scottish Premiership.
Speaking about Sarkic after Saturday’s game against Cheltenham, Bowyer said: “I don’t think he touched the ball except when we were passing in the back, but again – which we asked him to do, he did it comfortably.
“In possession, which he was all the time, was very good. His pass was good, it’s like having an extra defender in there. He took out the full-backs sometimes. He didn’t do anything wrong. . “
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Sarkic has Connal Trueman for company in the Blues’ goalie ranks, but it is highly likely that the former will retain the number one jersey until Etheridge is once again deemed fit to play.
“Everyone is smiling and grateful that he’s back home,” Bowyer said.
“That’s excellent news. We can’t rush and we have to see how he progresses, but the most important thing is that he’s back with his family. “