Harry Redknapp: 'Birmingham City rejected £10m Che Adams bid'

Redknapp: 'We rejected £10m Adams bid'
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Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp claims that the club turned down a £10m bid for Che Adams in the summer.

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has claimed that the club turned down an offer of £10m for young striker Che Adams in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old was heavily pursued by Derby County - managed by ex-Birmingham boss Gary Rowett - over the summer, with a reported bid of £3m being rejected early in August.

Adams subsequently signed a new five-year deal with the Blues, and Redknapp insists that the youngster was always destined to stay at St Andrew's.

"We turned down £10m for Che on the transfer deadline," he told talkSPORT. "If it's not public who it's from I wouldn't want to talk about that, but we did have a bid of that figure. We didn't want to sell him.

"We are building a team here, the owners are ambitious for this club. They are looking to build a team going forward that can get in the Premier League, that's the ambition of the club, that's my ambition, to take this club into the Premier League.

"Che has to buy into that as well. It is a good club and if he can help take us to where we want to go that's fantastic. It was a great offer but we are not a selling club. Birmingham now, with the owners, are not a selling club.

"They want to keep good players and build a squad around the good young players and build a team - it was never an option to sell him."

Adams joined Birmingham from Sheffield United last summer and went on to score seven goals in 42 appearances in his debut campaign.

Che Adams of Sheffield United scores his first goal during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final Second Leg match between Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane on January 28, 2015
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