Birmingham City leading the chase for League One star


Championship side Birmingham City are leading the chase for Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson, reports the Birmingham Mail

The 26-year-old, who hails from Birmingham, has scored five goals in 38 matches for Michael Appleton’s side since moving to the Kassam Stadium from Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day in August, a fee which is believed to be a club record.

Johnson, who began his career at Solihull Moors before spells in non-league with Romulus and Kidderminster Harries, has been linked with a move to St Andrew’s for some time according to the Mail, and was on the radar last summer before he completed the switch to Oxford.

Stoke City, Wolves and QPR are also understood to be monitoring the winger who has been an integral part of Appleton’s plans at Oxford, who currently sit 10th in League One and are nine points off 6th-placed Millwall.

Meanwhile, Birmingham are 17th in the Championship after a 3-1 defeat to promotion-chasing Leeds United on Friday night despite dominating possession and having 27 shots on goal.

The Blues have won just twice since Gianfranco Zola replaced Gary Rowett in December and the Italian was considering his future at the club two weeks ago after a 4-1 defeat to QPR.

Zola’s men responded with a 2-1 victory over Midlands rival Wolves before the defeat to Leeds and they face relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic at St Andrew’s on Tuesday night.