Alan Hatton has played a huge role in the remarkable upturn of fortunes that Birmingham city have experienced in the last few weeks. He recently converted the one-month loan deal into a deal that takes him till the end of the season at the St Andrews. This was a positive news for the club, as they look to finish the season on a high.

Birmingham are almost certain to finish without any troubles this season after the good run of results has lifted them comfortably above the drop zone. Since there are several points below the play-off positions, they are unlikely to bother with much in the remainder of the season.

As a result, plans for next campaign, in which they will be expected to challenge for promotion, have already begun. One of the main points on the agenda is securing a permanent deal for defender Alan Hutton. The Aston Villa defender does not appear to have a future at this club after falling out with manager Paul Lambert. However, Bolton’s Dougie Freedman says that it is looking highly unlikely that the club will be able to get a player like Hutton for the rest of next season on loan deal.

The 29-year-old still has a long time left in top-flight football and it will be difficult to persuade him to drop down a division.

“I feel he has done terrifically well.” he told the nederland australie odds website. “He looks settled and he is getting better as the games go. But Premier League wages are getting so huge that you are going to have to do deals, deals are going to have to be sponsored by Premier League players. You are going to have to persuade a Premier League player to come and run around on a Saturday afternoon,” said the manager, whose own future was under jeopardy a few weeks ago.