Birmingham have confirmed they have "reluctantly" granted permission for Norwich to talk to Chris Hughton after the Blues manager expressed a wish to speak to the Canaries.
Norwich are in the market for a new boss after Paul Lambert completed a switch to Aston Villa on Saturday. Hughton has been heavily linked to the managerial vacancy at Blues' neighbours West Brom, but the 53-year-old is now set for talks at Carrow Road.
A statement released by Birmingham on Wednesday morning read: "Birmingham City FC can confirm that Norwich City FC have made an approach for Chris Hughton with regards to their vacant managerial position. Hughton expressed a wish to speak to the Canaries and permission was reluctantly granted."
Acting chairman Peter Pannu said: "Chris is a great manager and deserves the opportunity to speak to Norwich, which is why we have granted him permission to speak to them."
Speculation linked both Malky Mackay and Neil Lennon to the vacancy at Norwich, but they have confirmed their move for Hughton.
A club statement read: "Norwich City can confirm that Birmingham City have granted the club permission to speak to Chris Hughton about the vacant managerial position at Carrow Road. The club will be making no further comment at this stage."