Wes Harding: Birmingham City defender signs new four-year contract

Birmingham's Wes Harding (left) tussles with Wolves winger Helder Costa
Wes Harding (left) made his full Birmingham City debut in an EFL Cup tie in August 2017

Birmingham City right-back Wes Harding has signed a new four-year deal with the Championship side.

Harding, 21, who made his league debut for Garry Monk's side in March, ended the season as a first-team regular.

He had already agreed a two-year contract in February - to start from 1 July - but that has now been overridden by the new deal which keeps him at St Andrew's until 2022.

Academy product Harding was Blues' young player of the season for 2017-18.

Blues' summer business so far . . .

Monk staying 'sensible'

Birmingham boss Monk has so far made just one signing for the Championship club, Danish left-back Kristian Pedersen from Bundesliga 2 side Union Berlin, for an undisclosed fee.

Kristian Pedersen played against Blues last summer for Berlin side in a pre-season friendly in Wolfsburg
Kristian Pedersen played against Blues last summer for Berlin side in a pre-season friendly in Wolfsburg

"Obviously there's other targets and positions we want to strengthen," he told BBC WM. "But it's not a realistic market, that's gone a long time ago.

"It's difficult for every club, but what we're trying to do is to do something sensible. Of course we want to fight hard in the market and I think we're doing pretty well.

"Kristian Pedersen had a lot of offers in and around Europe, some in the higher leagues, but it's a testament to his character to come to Birmingham with the football we're going to play.

"It shows it was a footballing decision, which is good. It's a position I wanted to strengthen and we had the opportunity to do it early which is great."

Pedersen said: "I love English football so it was always a dream for me. I'm just happy to be here. It's a bit of a step-up. It's so physical and technical as well."

Garry Monk and Kristian Pedersen were talking to BBC WM's Richard Wilford.