Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome believes former club Birmingham will need new owners to return to the Premier League

The former Blues man, who made the move to Tony Pulis' side on deadline day, is disappointed that Chris Hughton's side have failed to show as much ambition as his latest team

Former Birmingham City man Cameron Jerome insists the Blues will need new owners if they are to return to the Premier League.

The striker recently made the move from the League Cup holders to Stoke City following Birmingham’s relegation and is one of many who have left St Andrews’ for greener pastures this summer.

Jerome’s new side have had a healthy transition into the top flight after establishing themselves well and offer a formidable stadium for away teams to visit in the Britannia.

Stoke’s ambition was furthered in the capture of both Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios from Tottenham and Jerome is disappointed that his former side are not following such an example.

"Five years is a long time to spend at a club and it still feels a bit strange not being part of it at Birmingham," Jerome told the Birmingham Mail.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I will always be grateful for the faith Steve Bruce showed in signing me.

"Stoke seem to be doing what I thought Birmingham would be doing. It's exciting times at Stoke, they are taking steps in the right direction, strengthening the squad and looking to make further progress.

"That's the regret. I wish Birmingham would have done the same. I don't know what the board are planning to do but Birmingham need people to take them to the next level and I don't believe the current owners can do that."