Newcastle try for Birmingham defender Ridgewell

Newcastle United are leading the race for Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell.

Newcastle United are leading the race for Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell.

The Mirror says the centre-half, who can also play at left-back, is wanted by QPR, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion, too.

The Magpies had an August bid rejected for the unsettled defender, 27, when he slapped in a transfer request.

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