Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson has revealed that Kasey Palmer will only depart the Robins if the deal suits the club amid major interest in the midfielder’s services.
The ex-Chelsea man has played just six times in the Championship this season and hasn’t featured since October following a substitute appearance against Nottingham Forest.
Despite still having well over a year remaining on his contract at Ashton Gate, Palmer looks to be heading towards the exit door this month and it was believed that Queens Park Rangers were in pole position for his signature, with BristolLive reporting at the start of January that the R’s were in advanced talks.
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However West London Sport believe that Palmer is no longer a target for the Hoops which leaves the likes of Birmingham City and Palmer’s former club Huddersfield Town in the running for him, per Bristol World, with Reading also interested in the event that John Swift departs.
Any potential Palmer departure would have to be right for City though, with Pearson telling the media, per Gregor MacGregor: “The business we’ll do, we’ll do if it suits us and if it’s affordable and we can do it.”
Palmer doesn’t seem to have a future at Bristol City and the club will probably be happy to get his wages off the books.
There’s quite clearly a talented player there – most individuals who come through the academy at Chelsea are – but Palmer probably just needs a fresh start elsewhere.
At 25 years old the midfielder still has time on his side to be a top Championship player if he gets a consistent run of games and the likes of Birmingham or Huddersfield could give him that.
You cannot imagine that Bristol City will get much of a fee for Palmer though due to his inactivity and this is merely Pearson keeping his cards close to his chest about a potential deal being done.