Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer is hopeful that the Championship club can reach an “agreement” with Manchester United to temporarily suspended payments for on-loan winger Tahith Chong.
Chong, who joined the Blues on loan from United during the summer transfer window, faces up to five months on the sidelines through injury.
The winger was forced to recently undergo surgery on a thigh injury, meaning he now faces a lengthy spell on the treatment table, much to his and Birmingham’s frustration.
The Dutchman, who became an instant fans’ favourite at St Andrew’s, had made 13 appearances for the Midlands club prior to suffering his injury last month, claiming three assists.
With Chong now facing a lengthy spell away from the action, Birmingham boss Bowyer, who has frequently waxed lyrical about the United youngster in recent months, is hoping that the Championship outfit can reach a financial agreement with the Reds regarding the payments that are concerned for the on-loan player.
“That’s a conversation between the two clubs because Chong is supposed to be here until the end of the season,” Bowyer said, as quoted by Birmingham Live.
“The two clubs need to make a decision and an agreement regarding that conversation. Hopefully, they can come to an agreement that suits us and then we can maybe use that money somewhere else. That would be helpful.
“You can’t just cut your ties with him. He’s a great lad who has helped us get a lot of points this season. I’m not just turning my back saying that’s it, wipe him aside.
“Hopefully we can come to an agreement with Man Utd, where we can stop the payments until he is fit, and then take them back on when he is fit.
“That would be a nice thing to happen for us.”
Chong is under contract at Old Trafford until next summer, but does have the option of an extra year. He will now be hoping that this injury setback will not cost him a future at Old Trafford too dearly, as his early-season form was impressive to say the very least.
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