Birmingham City are interested in bringing Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick to St Andrews, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The centre-back has seen John Terry arrive at Villa Park which could leave opportunities at the Midlands club harder to come by this season and Harry Redknapp appears to have recognised that.

There is no doubt that if a move was to be achieved it would be a hugely controversial one with Elphick a mainstay in the first team of Birmingham’s arch rivals last term.

The former Bournemouth defender made 26 appearances in the Championship in the recent campaign and was the Villa captain so it would be interesting to see how he is taken to at St Andrews if Redknapp goes after him.

The 29-year-old would undoubtedly bring a lot of experience to Birmingham if he does join. He has played more than 300 matches in a career which has seen him promoted three times and that knowledge and knowhow could be extremely beneficial in the upcoming season for the Blues.

If the Englishman does make the switch he could partner Marc Roberts at the centre of the defence at St Andrews after Redknapp signed the centre-back from Barnsley earlier in the transfer window.

The duo would give the Blues an aerial threat at the back as well as an assurance on the ball and a significant threat at set-pieces which could all provide Birmingham with a platform to push for better things after narrowly surviving the drop last season.

Redknapp and his squad are currently away on a training camp in Austria where they will take on German outfit Union Berlin in their first friendly on Wednesday night as they build up for their opening match of the campaign at Ipswich Town on August 5.

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