The Birmingham Mail suggest that despite restrictions placed on their transfer business by the EFL (English Football League), Birmingham City are hopeful of signing Josh Dasilva from Arsenal.
In an official statement earlier this week, the Championship side said, “Unfortunately and disappointingly the EFL are currently refusing to allow us to make additions which would enable us to strengthen the Manager’s squad.
“We are hopeful that a satisfactory agreement can be reached with the EFL as soon as possible to help ensure our continued competitiveness in the Championship.”
However, the report states there’s a loophole which would allow them to sign the 19 year old on loan:
The EFL will permit the signing of a player if the club’s current squad consists of less than 24 senior players (senior being defined as players aged 21 or over and who have made five or more first-team appearances) and if the salary of the incoming player is less than £600,000 a year.
Dasilva is well thought of at Arsenal, but at an age where he could do with playing regular football in order to develop. He made it to the fringes of the first team last season and made three appearances, all in the Carabao Cup.
Over the years, the Gunners have loaned the Blues a number of players with varying success. Nicklas Bendtner and Seb Larsson both spent a season at St Andrews, while last year full backs Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall endured trying times during their loan spells.
The two are currently surplus to requirements at Arsenal right now, and it’s likely both would be available for free to potential suitors.