Atalanta are still in the picture for Birmingham City star Jordan James despite their failure to secure his services in the winter market.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who state the 19-year-old is seen as the ‘midfielder of the future’ by the Serie A side.

Last month, James had reportedly given his approval to the Italian club, but they couldn’t find an agreement with Birmingham City.

On January 31st, Gazzetta dello Sport stated the Blues demanded €10m for the teenager. La Dea, on the other hand, were willing to offer €6-7m.

Despite the January failure, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side haven’t forgotten about the Wales international as Calciomercato state they have ‘postponed’ the operation until the summer window. His contract lasts until 2025, with have an option for another year.

Birmingham City’s stance over a potential deal in the summer isn’t mentioned and that’s obviously key.

Atalanta midfield duo Teun Koopmeiners and Éderson have been regularly linked to other clubs for the next window. Gasperini’s side seem to have started looking for their potential successors and this is where James could fit in.

The Welshman has scored six goals from 33 games for Birmingham City this season.