Gary Breen could be on
his way from City, but they will want at least £4 million for the lanky centreback.
The wheels started turning when it was reported north of the border that Celtic had
targeted the big Irishman as a replacement when Alan Stubbs is sold.
Aston Villa are reportedly keen to sign Stubbs and Celtics former Villa boss Jo
Venglos is said to be keen on Breen.
Citys chairman Bryan Richardson says he has had no official approach from Celtic,
but he revealed his hand when he added that although Breen was not transfer-listed if an
offer came in from any club he would consider it.
The reason is obvious. Although Breen is a regular international for the Republic of
Ireland, he is fourth choice in Coventrys central defence. He wants first team
football and Coventry must feel they can afford to let him go at the right price.
Richardson says any offer must bear relation to Breens value. He cost City £2.5
million from Birmingham City two years ago and they would want that back and more for a
player who has improved beyond measure in the Premiership.
City recently paid out £2 million for Monacos Bosnian international centre half
Muhamed Konjic, who is being kept out of the side only by the brilliance of Paul Williams
and Richard Shaw.
Breen and Konjic link up in the reserves against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns
Coventry are having a clear out of their younger professionals to make way for the
upcoming crop from the new soccer academy.
Andy Ducros is on trial with Wigan Athletic, Martin Devaney at Sheffield Wednesday and
Chris Barnett and Robert Miller are on trial at Cambridge United. In addition Gavin
Strachan and John Eustace are on loan with Scottish clubs Dundee and Dundee United, while
Craig Faulconbridge is on loan with Hull City.