As reported by the Daily Mail, Birmingham City are confident of securing the services of Tommy Elphick from Aston Villa.
When Tommy Elphick joined Aston Villa from Bournemouth last summer, many felt that the Villans had managed to pull off a major coup and the 29-year-old was expected to lead Villa into the Premier League after being named as captain by manager Roberto Di Matteo.
As it turned out though, Elphick as well as Villa struggled on the pitch and following the arrival of Steve Bruce as manager, the defender lost his place in the starting lineup to the duo of Nathan Baker and James Chester.
With the summer arrival of John Terry, Elphick has been pushed further down the pecking order at Villa Park and it is widely expected that he will be leaving the club this summer.
Sunderland were credited with a strong interest in Elphick but now in a huge surprise, rivals Birmingham City are said to be leading the race to sign the ex-Brighton star and the Blues are hopeful of sealing the deal for the defender in the upcoming 24 hours.