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Bialkowski-Chasing Birmingham Under Transfer Embargo
Monday, 9th Jul 2018 14:39

Birmingham City’s pursuit of Blues keeper Bartosz Bialkowski looks to have come to an abrupt end - for the moment at least - with the Midlanders reportedly having been hit by a Financial Fair Play transfer embargo.

The embargo relates to last summer’s spending which saw Birmingham sign 13 players.

According to, they had been placed under a ‘soft embargo’ designed to give them time to address the FFP situation, however, the EFL’s deadlines for them to do so passed without a resolution having been reached and they have now been given a formal embargo.

The development leaves recently recruited Danish left-back Kristian Pedersen in limbo with his Bosman signing from Union Berlin having been confirmed by the club but with the EFL refusing to register him.

Earlier, TWTD reported that the Blues had turned down a £2.75 million offer from Birmingham for Bialkowski. Given the embargo, as things stand, their attempt to land the Polish international - and any of manager Garry Monk’s other summer targets - would appear to be over.

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CaptainAhab added 14:40 - Jul 9

robmonkey007 added 14:41 - Jul 9 can leave Bart alone and we'll have your bosman signing too. Thanks!

BlueBlood90 added 14:57 - Jul 9
Since when have the EFL ever taken Fair Play seriously? What about the likes of Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa etc

Northstander_Blue added 15:08 - Jul 9
Oh that’s superb!! Do one you brummy #@*#@

StokeHigh97 added 15:15 - Jul 9
If Wolves hadn't been promoted they would be looking at a Embargo for over spending: QPR have been in a financial mess after going crazy while in the premier league & getting relegated they got a embargo: Bournemouth also got hit with it but staying in the premier league they paid the fine: Birmingham spent Big last summer Jota Roberts Vassel etc didn't get promoted & going into a embargo & over spending has certainly affected Aston Villa this summer after they missed out in the play-offs: Nottingham Forest will be in the same boat if they miss out on promotion: so everyone moaning we don't spend this, spend that! ask yourself if it's yr own money do you go & buy whatever! no you live within a budget & buy what you can afford:

MrTown added 15:19 - Jul 9
How have Nottingham Forest not been hit with this yet?

blues1 added 15:25 - Jul 9
Forest have had a transfer embargo 2 seasons ago. They cant be hit by the ffp for this seasons spending till next year when if they get promoted would be fined. If not would get another transfer embargo. Presuming theyve broken the ffp which is based on income versus outgoings. I suspect they will have so theyre taking the risk obviously

OwainG1992 added 15:26 - Jul 9

TR11BLU added 15:37 - Jul 9
Spot on @stokehigh97

NoCanariesAllowed added 15:42 - Jul 9
That's what happens when you put Harry Redknapp in charge for one summer...!

davidjohnsonitfc added 15:47 - Jul 9

BeattiesBackPocket added 16:01 - Jul 9
Ive never understood how FFP was introduced to stop teams spending above their means and to stop clubs going into administration yet they FINE them!!? Quite simple if a points deduction was to happen and everyone knew the consequences would be 10 or 15 points deducted depending on their overspending then NO club would do this!! How simple is it! I mean a club the size of Manchester City or PSG have had this in the past and been given a fine or transfer embargo but if you've already bought the BEST players and spent the money and have plenty of money anyway what is their real suffering from these rules? Nothing!

Europablue added 16:09 - Jul 9
Fairplay rules have been better than nothing, but could definitely be implemented better

peteswindon added 16:25 - Jul 9
Question is was it turned down because we knew about the embargo ? I hope I just being cynical and we will turn down all offers for him no matter what.

runningout added 16:37 - Jul 9
can we deal with reputable clubs

Monkey_Blue added 16:38 - Jul 9
Harry and Monk..... snigger

Monkey_Blue added 16:38 - Jul 9
Harry and Monk..... snigger

MaySixth added 16:59 - Jul 9

brittaniaman added 17:26 - Jul 9
OH well Gary you will have to plead with Stockdale and Kuzack to come back all is forgiven !!!!

BryanPlug added 17:28 - Jul 9

ElderGrizzly added 17:33 - Jul 9
Mr Town - it is retrospective, so Forest will likely be hit next summer. It requires accounts to be filed and then action is taken

Skip73 added 17:41 - Jul 9
What a surprise, Dodgy Harry is in charge of the club for about only 3 months and the clubs is hit with a transfer embargo! Thank God he never got the job here

Marcus added 18:21 - Jul 9
There's also the issue of whether Bart wants to stay or not. I hope once the season is progressing he (and a few others) will realise how a change in atmosphere can make all the difference. The complaining (whether you agreed with it or not) drags players down just as much as positive support can boost them.

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:01 - Jul 9
If Bart wants to move I wouldn't begrudge him, if he wants to move to Birmingham I would tell him he's better than that and to hold out for what he's worth.

Last year of Contract, £4 mil would be good money.

Northstandveteran added 19:03 - Jul 9
Wish we'd signed enough new players to warrant an embargo.

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