Talk about the ghost of Christmas Past! Marley and Scrooge have their beady little eyes on Birmingham wonderkid, Nathan Redmond, hoping to land him as a replacement for problem kid Ravel Morrison who may be about to be prematurely buried beneath the Boleyn patio.
The up front figure being mooted is just £1m, with stage payments based on future appearances. If you are a West Ham fan, it sounds too good to be true; if you are a Birmingham fan, it is all your worst nightmares wrapped into one!
How does the novella open? Birmingham were dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of their burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Sullivan signed it. And Sullivan's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Birmingham were as dead as a door-nail.