Birmingham City’s Jordan James was subject to interest from Atalanta in the winter market. Several claims in the Italian media stated that the Serie A side were negotiating with the Blues but weren’t able to secure a deal.

Last month, Calciomercato reported Atalanta haven’t given up on the midfielder. Two days ago, Gazzetta dello Sport said they are hoping the Championship side are relegated, so they can sign him on the cheap in the summer.

Birmingham City are 21st in the table with 39 points and irrespective of where they finish this season, La Dea no longer seem to be keen on signing James, as per Tutto Atalanta.

It’s pointed out that Birmingham City had initially given their approval to Atalanta to sign him in January, before changing their minds and increasing the price from €4.5m to €8m.

Éderson and Teun Koopmeiners are expected to leave Atalanta, and this could see the club sign their replacements in the summer.

In that case, they would be looking for ready made players instead of someone like a 19-year-old Wales international, who is yet to play at the highest level for a club.

It’s claimed Atalanta’s scouting department continue to like the Birmingham City player but he will ‘almost certainly’ not join them. James is expected to move to the Premier League where several clubs have set their sights on him.

This may be a sign of Atalanta feeling the likely cost is too high for them.