Atalanta are looking to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Birmingham City by making an offer of around £3million for their talented midfielder Jordan James.
The Italian side have had scouts watching the highly regarded 19-year old Wales international over recent months and have opened talks to sign the academy graduate.
Birmingham sacked manager Wayne Rooney on Tuesday and are weighing up who to bring in as his replacement and get their ambitious project back on an even keel.
James is one of several talented youngsters on Birmingham’s books and is expected to leave should the clubs agree on a fee which is expected to entail a base fee that rises with add ons.
He made his Championship league debut under former boss Lee Bowyer and has already made 84 appearances for the club and scored seven goals.
Atalanta are looking to make a £3million offer for Birmigham City’s Jordan James
James has made 84 appearances for the Championship club and scored seven goals across all competitions
The Serie A club are looking to take advantage of the uncertainty at Birmingham after the departure of their manager Wayne Rooney on Tuesday
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Despite being capped by England at U20 level, James opted to play for Wales at full international level and, after making his debut v Croatia aged 18, he has picked up eight full caps.
Atalanta, under the guidance of sporting director Lee Congerton, formerly of Leicester and Liverpool, have been scouting the English market for potential bargains and upcoming talent.
The Italian side are currently sixth in the table and are four points off Fiorentina in fourth place.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are reportedly keeping close eyes on the English market in search of bargains and upcoming talents
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side brought in several new midfielders in the summer, with Charles De Ketelaere and Emil Holm arriving on loan deals.
They also acquired Mitchel Bakker from Bayer Leverkusen and Michel Adopo on a free transfer from Torino.