SportBirmingham not seeking permanent Monk replacement
Che Adams Southampton's primary target in striker hunt
Birmingham City striker Che Adams has been made a priority for Southampton this summer after January’s unsuccessful pursuit. At least one of the Saints current strikers will leave the club over the coming weeks and Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to bolster his attacking options ahead of his first full season in charge. Adams was on fire for former Southampton defender Garry Monk’s Birmingham City over the 2018-19 campaign, scoring 22 goals in the Championship. According to the Daily Echo, the club are likely to test Birmingham’s resolve again after being turned away at the start of the year.
Birmingham City have confirmed they are not seeking a permanent successor to Garry Monk as Pep Clotet will remain their caretaker head coach.
Monk was sacked by Birmingham earlier this week in a decision a club statement claimed was in their "long-term interests".
Former Oxford United boss Clotet was moved up from assistant to the top job, with Craig Gardner joining the backroom team as a player-coach.
And, in an announcement on Thursday, Birmingham said Clotet and his team will stay in charge, although his title remains caretaker.
"We had a very positive talk with the guys and we are focused on what we want to try and achieve," said Birmingham chief executive Xuandong Ren.
Leicester looking to offload Islam Slimani on a permanent basis
Leicester City are reportedly looking to sell Algerian forward Islam Slimani this summer, following a string of unsuccessful loan spells away from the club. It had been suggested earlier this week that Slimani’s former employers Sporting Lisbon were interested in taking the 30-year-old striker back on loan, as a direct replacement for Bas Dost. However, according to Sport Witness, Leicester are more interested in cutting their losses and letting Slimani leave on a permanent basis.
"Their professionalism shone through during our meeting and we know they are a very talented and hard-working group.
"Pep will be our caretaker head coach and we are not seeking anyone else."
Monk has been linked with taking over at Derby County should the Rams lose Frank Lampard to Chelsea following Maurizio Sarri's switch to Juventus.
"I am aware of certain disappointing comments the club has made in the wake of my dismissal," Monk wrote on Twitter of his Birmingham sacking.
"Mindful of my contractual obligations, it is not my intention, certainly not at this stage, to engage with these comments.
"I would rather focus on the many positives I have experienced in my time with Birmingham City."
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