Blues face the prospect of losing not one but two goalkeepers in the coming weeks following the news that newly-promoted Southampton could be set to make a move for Jack Butland.
Although a formal offer has not yet been made Saints have already lodged an interest in the youngster who is currently with the England squad at Euro 2012 and an official move could be imminent.
Birmingham have always said they want to keep the 19-year-old and if Southampton try to prise him away with an instalment-based offer, Blues will find that easy to resist.
However, a cash offer, reputed to be worth around £3.5million for a player with just a couple of dozen League Two appearances to his name – and none in the Championship, could test the club’s resolve.
The development comes at a time of intense speculation over the future of Ben Foster, who spent last season on loan at West Brom and who is understood to be wanted at The Hawthorns.
That said, reports that new Albion boss Steve Clarke is closing in on Foster are wide of the mark and while Foster may not yet return to St Andrew’s but neither is he certain to be on his way to the Black Country for the £3m fee reported elsewhere. Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers have also been linked with the former Manchester United man.
What is clear is that Blues do not want to see both leave and even though Boaz Myhill might come in the opposite direction if Foster was to go to the Baggies, that would still represent a backwards step.
Clearly Birmingham would find their bargaining position rather more solid if they found a replacement for Chris Hughton sooner rather than later.
And to that end Peter Pannu returned to the club this week to sort draw up a short-list of candidates.