Hughton lines up Magpies raid
Skysports.com understands Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is lining up a raid for Leon Best and Wayne Routledge.
Last Updated: 25/06/11 11:26am
Skysports.com understands new Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton is lining up a raid on his former club Newcastle United for Leon Best and Wayne Routledge.
Hughton signed both players during his time in charge at St James' Park and is considering a summer reunion as he looks to bolster his Birmingham squad.
The Blues chief revealed on Friday that his priority is bringing in new signings and is weighing up offers for Best and Routledge.
Republic of Ireland striker Best joined the Magpies from Coventry City in early 2010 and scored six goals in 11 Premier League appearances last season.
However, reports have recently claimed that Hughton's successor Alan Pardew is prepared to offload Best to make room for new arrivals on Tyneside.
Skysports.com revealed on Friday, meanwhile, that Newcastle have also circulated the name of winger Routledge to other clubs.
Routledge joined Newcastle around the same time as Best and featured regularly during the first half of last season when Hughton was still manager.
However, following Pardew's appointment, he spent the second half of last season on loan at former club Queens Park Rangers, who are understood to still be interested in Routledge.