Birmingham City target former Norwich City loanee Ritchie de Laet

Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton is reportedly targeting former Norwich City loanee Ritchie de Laet.

The defender, who was originally signed on a season-long loan from Manchester United, returned to Old Trafford in January after failing to shake off a persistent back injury.

The Belgian made just three appearances for City – but could now be given at chance at St Andrew's as Championship promotion challengers Birmingham look to gain cover for full-back Stephen Carr, who is troubled by a knee problem.

Birmingham are currently fifth in the Championship, eight points off leaders Southampton.