Many of the younger English players who are breaking through into many of the top Premier League sides have done so after honing their skills in the Championship.
One of the latest players to impress at that level has been Birmingham City winger Nathan Redmond who could very well find himself playing in the top flight soon enough.
Redmond has been identified as a key target for Norwich City and Swansea City with both clubs filing a £2.5 million bid for the player.
According to the Daily Star, Birmingham has accepted both offers for the winger who impressed many teams with his exploits throughout last season.
The news of the bids were confirmed by Blues boss Lee Clark who said that “We have had three bids, two that have been accepted and one that hasn’t. Now it’s up to Nathan if he wants to speak to those two clubs and see if it’s right for him. What those other clubs have to do is get to the level where the other two are at.”
During the past season, Redmond made 38 appearances for the Blues scoring 2 goals and also made a host of appearances for both the England U19 and U21 sides throughout the season.
Alongside that, the winger impressed many people during Birmingham’s stint in the 2011-12 Europa League where he featured in all of the side’s games and even got on the scoresheet in the qualifying round against Portuguese side Nacional.
Redmond’s good form has not only attracted attention from Norwich and Swansea as several other Premier League sides have shown interest in the past few days.
West Brom and Everton are being strongly linked to the player as both teams look to try and strengthen their squads over the summer break.
Despite the bids being accepted by the club, many leading figures at St. Andrew’s are keen to keep Redmond in the squad to help the side regain promotion back to the top flight after 2 years in the Championship.
This was underlined by Clark who commented that “it’s another one where you don’t want to lose the player, but you understand the reasons why he has to go. Unfortunately that’s where we are at the moment and we have just got to get on with it”
Redmond is certainly expected to have a bright future and with many top flight clubs eager to sign the 19 year old, it could well be a name that we could be hearing a lot more about in the near future.