West Brom Liam Ridgewell bid blocked by Birmingham

Baggies bid for defender Ridgewell rebuffed by rivals Birmingham

Birmingham have confirmed they have rejected an undisclosed offer from West Brom for Liam Ridgewell.

No go: Birmingham have blocked West Brom's bid for Ridgewell

No go: Birmingham have blocked West Brom's bid for Ridgewell

The versatile defender, who can operate at centre-back as well as left-back, stressed his desire to leave St Andrew's in the summer amid interest from Barclays Premier League clubs.

City, however, turned down a transfer request from Ridgewell which came within 24 hours of the close of the summer window.

He has remained at the npower Championship club over the first half of this season, making a total of 17 starts and two substitute appearances in all competitions.

But the 27-year-old has always remained on Albion's radar and head coach Roy Hodgson could well come back in with a second bid for his services.

Ridgewell joined Birmingham from city rivals Aston Villa in a 2million deal during the summer of 2007.