Ladbrokes close betting on Tommy Elphick to Birmingham City

Following several days of intense speculation surrounding a possible Birmingham City move for Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick, betting company Ladbrokes have this evening stopped taking bets on the proposed transfer.

Experienced stopper

Elphick, a 29-year-old defender, started out last season as the captain of Aston Villa, but soon lost the armband to James Chester before losing his place in Steve Bruce’s starting lineup altogether.

With John Terry having arrived at the club from Chelsea last month, former Bournemouth skipper Elphick has since become surplus to requirements at Villa Park.

Cross-city move

Judging by the decision of Ladbrokes earlier today, combined with a growing number of reports in the English press, Elphick now looks set for a move to Villa’s arch-rivals Birmingham City.

City boss Harry Redknapp is said to be a huge admirer of the stopper’s leadership qualities, and is keen to make Elphick his side’s 4th signing of the summer.

An announcement on the transfer is expected over the coming days.