Brady warns Liverpool off Pennant

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Birmingham City's managing director Karren Brady has refuted claims that their midfielder Jermaine Pennant is on the verge of a £3.5m move to Liverpool.

Brady said the Blues have had no contact from Liverpool and would reject any approach as they bid to fight their way back into the Premiership.

Pennant has previously stated his intention to stay at St Andrews despite relegation last season and Brady said: "We want to get out of this division as soon as possible. Therefore we will be buying players and not selling them."

Iain Dowie faces the first battle of his Charlton career in trying to persuade Luke Young to stay at The Valley. The 26-year-old is unhappy at a perceived delay in talks over a new deal. Despite the offer of a lucrative contract, the defender has stated his intention to leave, with West Ham and Tottenham reportedly interested.