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Birmingham City are interested in Aynsley Pears of Blackburn Rovers as they hunt for a new goalkeeper during the summer transfer window.

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Birmingham City’s goalkeeping options

While Blues’ immediate focus is on avoiding relegation, the recruitment team at St. Andrew’s will undoubtedly be planning for next season.

In addition, they are anticipated to reinforce in goal, since John Ruddy and Neil Etheridge are both out of contract in the summer and appear to be on the move.

Aynsley Pears emerges as Birmingham City transfer target

So, there’s a good probability that the Blues will be looking at two keepers in the coming window, and Alan Nixon of The Sun has confirmed that Pears is one of them.

Tony Mowbray is well aware of the stopper’s abilities, having worked with him at Ewood Park for two years, and he is also familiar with his personality.

Interestingly, Blackburn have declared that they are open to sell the keeper if a reasonable bid comes in the summer, despite the fact that he has regained his number one shirt after injury.

Aynsley Pears would be a good fit for Birmingham City

It will be a busy summer for Blues, as we know the owners have high expectations and will want Mowbray to assemble a squad capable of competing for a play-off spot next season.

However, it is clear that the team requires improvement, with the goalkeeping department being one of the most obvious examples.

Both Ruddy and Etheridge are veteran players who have made significant contributions to their teams over the years, but it is fair to argue that they are both past their prime right now.

So it would make financial and football sense for them to leave in the summer when their contracts expire, and then find a successor.

At 25, Pears is about to enter his peak years, but he already has a lot of experience, which is a plus.

Crucially, he is the type of keeper Mowbray seeks, since he is pretty comfortable in possession, which could aid in a shift in style moving forward.

Obviously, there is a long time between now and the summer, and things can change, but this appears to be a solid pickup for the Blues if they can get it done.

From the player’s standpoint, the opportunity to work with Mowbray again may be appealing, and he may perceive Birmingham as a team on the rise if things go well under new ownership.

However, as previously stated, the sole aim for Blues right now is to remain in the Championship, and the same is true for Pears and his Blackburn side, who are also competing in what is currently a wonderfully tight bottom third of the league.

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