Former Leeds, Boro midfielder joins Karanka at Birmingham

Date published: Wednesday 2nd September 2020 7:37 - James Marshment

Adam Clayton, Cesc Fabregas
Adam Clayton has reunited with manager Aitor Karanka after joining Birmingham on a free transfer.The 31-year-old midfielder has signed a two-year contract at St Andrew’s, where he will work under Karanka. The Spaniard coached Clayton at his former Middlesbrough.

George Friend will be another familiar face for Clayton, the left-back having also swapped The Riverside for Birmingham this summer.

Manchester-born Clayton played for Leeds and Huddersfield before joining Boro in 2014. He made 241 appearances for the Teessiders, including 34 during the ill-fated 2016-17 Premier League campaign.

Birmingham revealed that Clayton has the option of a further year on his deal with Blues.


Karanka faces Birmingham rebuild

Birmingham survived in the Championship by two points after failing to win any of their final 14 games.

Karanka faces a rebuild after Jude Bellingham was sold to Borussia Dortmund. Loanees Scott Hogan and Jake Clarke-Salter have also returned to Aston Villa and Chelsea respectively.

However, the Spaniard is slowly putting together a decent squad at St Andrew’s. He now has experience in the midfield in the shape of Clayton.


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