With several senior players set to depart at the conclusion of this season, it will come as no shock to Blues fans to discover that there are targets on the radar. With many Championship clubs struggling financially after the nationwide lockdown, free agents seem to be the way forward for many championship clubs.

According to Birmingham Live, Birmingham City have been linked with a move with soon-to-be free agent, Chris Gunter. Gunter has recently signed a contract extension with his current side Reading which will see him play until the end of the season for The Royals.

Gunter looks likely to move on at the end of the campaign after failing to secure another long-term deal with Reading. Middlesrough have also been linked with a move for the defender, with new boss Neil Warnock a known admirer of his. 

Gunter, who came through Cardiff City’s youth system, was signed by Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for £4 million in January 2008. After failing to make a breakthrough at Tottenham, he returned to the championship, initially before signing a contract. He racked up 133 appearances for Forest.

Gunter made the switch to reading in 2012, where to date he has made 273 appearances and netted 4 goals. During his career, Gunter has also appeared 96 times for the Wales senior team, playing alongside former blues player, David Cotterill. 

After releasing both Jonathan Grounds and Cheick Keita on the expiry of the contracts, Gunter would offer Blues some much sought after squad depth. Although Blues are well stocked at right back with Maxime Colin and Wes Harding, there is no doubt that Gunter, who is an experienced defender, would bring a lot to the Blues squad.