Threat of administration for Blues could throw Bristol City a lifeline
Bristol City could be handed a potential Championship lifeline if rivals Birmingham City are forced to go into administration.
The Blues are struggling to pay their bills and are desperately trying to sell players to survive.
But so far they have received only one bid for winger Chris Burke, who is wanted by Nottingham Forest, and sources in the Midlands claim the club is heading for financial meltdown.
Owners Carson Yeung and Peter Pannu were today maintaining a stony silence as speculation mounted that Birmingham could become the new Portsmouth.
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Pompey were docked 10 points when going into administration last season and a similar penalty can be expected if the cash-strapped Blues go the same way.
Currently in 20th place in the Championship, Birmingham are five points clear of the drop zone. But that cushion would be wiped out by any points deduction and plunge Lee Clark's side into a relegation battle.
Bottom of the table and seven points adrift of safety, City players and fans are monitoring the situation at St Andrews with interest.
Birmingham's stance regarding the availability of players has not changed since the January transfer window opened.
Thirteen-goal leading scorer Marlon King is the latest player to attract speculation but reports he has been told he can leave Birmingham on a free as they look to offload his services are wide of the mark.
City have received only one formal bid for any of their players since the winter window opened. Winger Burke was the subject of a £300,000 offer from Forest, which was rejected by the powers that be at St Andrew's.
England goalkeeper Jack Butland has been at the forefront of speculation over his future but no offers have yet been received, despite several enquiries as a host of clubs, including Newcastle and Liverpool, continue to be interested.
It remains to be seen what transpires between now and January 31 but is no secret financially-stricken City are in need of funds as they look to stave off the possible future threat of administration.