Chris Hughton urges Nathan Redmond to stay Birmingham

Hughton issues hands off warning to Premier League as Redmond continues to shine

Chris Hughton believes in-demand young Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond should stay at St Andrew's to further his development as a player.

Redmond is 17 and has played only a handful of games including Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Wolves in the FA Cup – but is already being linked with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

Hughton can understand someone of Redmond's talent attracting attention but believes he is best served learning his trade at Birmingham.

One to watch: Nathan Redmond (right) has impressed for Birmingham

One to watch: Nathan Redmond (right) has impressed for Birmingham

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He said: 'With a young player like Nathan, there is always speculation.

'He's a young talent and he would be no different to any young talent at any club.

'His name is going to get mentioned and he is developing well here. In the games he's played, you can see what he is.

'He is a 17-year-old player that is still developing his game with the good and bad.

'There were periods against Wolves when he was up against good Premier League players when he couldn't get his own way.

'That's what will happen with him. His best place to continue developing is here.'

In an ideal world, Hughton would not have wanted a replay – on January 17 – with Blues still playing catch-up in the npower Championship after their Europa League exploits.

He said: 'At this moment, we are still in the FA Cup. It's where we want to be. But we could have done without the extra fixture with the amount of games we've got coming up.

'It is a strain on the squad that we've got but we have to work around that one.

Best place for you: Chris Hughton wants Redmond to stay at Birmingham

Best place for you: Chris Hughton wants Redmond to stay at Birmingham

'Even if you take a cup run out of the equation, we've certainly got enough games.

'We go through a period in a few weeks of seven games in 25-26 days.

'Irrespective of the cup run, the whole squad will have to be used over that period.

'It will be impossible for players to play every single one of those games.'

Hughton took over last summer after the squad had been broken up following relegation and knows he is at the mercy of any predators during January.

But he insists he has had no offers for defender Liam Ridgewell and is hoping to re-sign on-loan striker Chris Wood from the Baggies.

Hughton said: 'There will be speculation but at this moment we've not had one inquiry for Liam.

'As for Chris, at this moment, he is a West Brom player. He's gone back to West Brom. His loan has finished.

'But we've been in regular communication with West Brom and he is one we'd like to bring back.'

Agony: Wolves' Roger Johnson suffered an ankle knock against Birmingham

Agony: Wolves' Roger Johnson suffered an ankle knock against Birmingham

Hughton will be without midfielder Guirane N'Daw for the next month as he linked up with Senegal for the African Nations Cup.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is happy to still be in the FA Cup despite his side's battle against relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

He said: 'I'd much prefer a replay to being out of the cup. I'm okay with another fixture. That's fine.

'We've got 18 games left in the league and I don't mind if there are more from a cup run.

'I'm just glad we are still in there.'

McCarthy expects skipper and central defender Roger Johnson to be available next weekend at Tottenham after being substituted with an ankle problem against his former club.

He said: 'Roger rocked his ankle – as he did in training on Friday – and didn't want to come off as he was coming back to his old patch .

'Had he just done it, then I probably would have let him try to run it off for five minutes.

'But having done the same thing before, if he'd gone on to damage his ligaments it could have meant him being out for four to six weeks.

'He's fine and should be okay for next week. I don't think there will be a problem.'