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Monday, 29 August 2011
Birmingham and Cardiff chase Ben Turner
Birmingham could be set to fight it out with Cardiff over the capture of Coventry defender Ben Turner ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline.Turner was Coventry's stand-out performer over the opening months of last season before having to undergo a knee ligament operation which has sidelined him ever since.The Birmingham-born 23-year-old is now close to making his long-awaited return after the serious injury, but it could be that it does not come in the sky blue of Coventry.Cardiff are already in discussions with the cash-strapped club, with Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay telling the Western Mail: "It is something we are trying to get done and we are in talks with Coventry."The Welsh outfit have reportedly offered £750,000 as well as striker Jon Parkin in exchange for Turner, but their interest may well be rivalled by that of Birmingham, who have been monitoring the highly-rated centre-back for some time.Scott Dann appears likely to depart St Andrew's before Wednesday's deadline and some of the money gained would be ploughed back into a move for Turner, who came through the ranks at Coventry.