Chris Hughton hopes Birmingham hold on to stars

Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton remains hopeful the club can keep hold of Cameron Jerome and Scott Dann, despite interest from Premier League sides.

While distancing himself from claims that his new team are favourites for promotion, Hughton is confident that his "good core" of players will compete at the upper reaches of the Championship.

Birmingham open their campaign for an instant return to the Premier League at Derby on Saturday.