Darren Randolph: Birmingham boss Rowett wants keeper to stay

Darren Randolph
Darren Randolph's 67 appearances for Birmingham City have all come in the Championship

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett plans to keep hold of Darren Randolph in January, despite being aware of top-flight interest in the in-form keeper.

The 27-year-old has kept four clean sheets in his last eight appearances for Blues.

"Every player in my team has ambition and I want them to be ambitious," Rowett said.

"If a Premier League club comes in for Darren, then fantastic, but I want to keep him."

He added: "He's a top keeper - one of the best in the Championship."

Randolph the Blue nose keeper
Darren Randolph has made 67 appearances for Birmingham - all of them in the Championship - since being signed by Lee Clark from Motherwell in the summer of 2013.
The Dublin-born keeper started his career with Charlton, spending five years there, and had loan spells at Accrington, Gillingham, Bury and Hereford before joining Motherwell in 2010.
He has made two international appearances for the Republic of Ireland but, as neither were in competitive fixtures, he is still eligible to play for the USA as he qualifies through his father Ed, a former basketball player.

Randolph made two key saves in Saturday's 1-0 win at Huddersfield, as Birmingham made it just one defeat in eight matches since Rowett took charge in October.

"He made a couple of good saves and his handling was excellent," Rowett told BBC Sport.

"But keepers are always important. Look at David De Gea for Manchester United when they beat Liverpool last weekend. He was sublime.

"But that's what they're there for and that's why I want to keep him for longer.

"I've spoken to Darren and his agent. We're wanting to keep him for longer but, like any player who's out of contract at end of season, it's so close to January and most players want to see if there's anything higher."

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