Bristol City are reportedly close to signing free agent defender Danny Simpson on a contract until the end of the 2020/21 campaign, which has drawn a mixed reaction from fans of the Bs3 club.
Early last week Sheffield Wednesday emerged as potential suitors for Simpson, with City revealed as a potential landing spot a few days later.
Owls boss Darren Moore revealed yesterday that they would not be signing him and now it seems the 34-year-old is set to reunite with Nigel Pearson at Ashton Gate.
According to Gregor MacGregor from the Bristol Post, the defender – who has been a free agent since leaving Huddersfield Town in the summer – will be joining the Robins.
It is understood that the deal, which is close to being all tied up, will stretch only until the end of the season.
There is currently no space in City’s 25-man Championship squad but it is believed that the South West club will approach the EFL to try and swap Simpson with one of their players suffering with a long-term injury – something there is a precedent for.
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Simpson’s impending arrival and the details of his deal have caused a stir among Robins supporters, many of whom have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
Really don’t see the point po are gone , safe from relegation
Just a waste of wage
— 00BAR (@00BAR2) March 19, 2021
Would normally be a bit worried over this but in Pearson we trust. If he thinks it’s what’s needed then so be it.
— Stephen 🦎🐍 (@Pomredoz) March 19, 2021
No need to question or worry about anything
IN NIGEL WE TRUST
— redg weeks (@redgweeks) March 19, 2021
A bit old but at least not long term
— Famara The Unit (@FamaraTheUnit) March 19, 2021
Why bother? Where is the value in that?
— Julian Newton (@cymruambyth1964) March 19, 2021
— barry strawford (@StrawfordBarry) March 19, 2021
Not a bad deal tbf https://t.co/OU67F9BXwR
— Anirudh Harish (@AnirudhHarish5) March 19, 2021
Is a 6 week/8 game deal the shortest permanent contract we’ve ever offered? Nice work if you can get it https://t.co/wpzdIKezQR
— Pete Hinton (@petehinton8) March 19, 2021