Birmingham City told Kane Wilson’s price tag as Bristol City transfer exit looms

Bristol City’s Championship rivals have considered Kane Wilson a long-term transfer target and are ready to strike.
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Birmingham City are monitoring Kane Wilson's situation as they mull over whether to make a bid for the Bristol City defender.

The 23-year-old has not travelled to Austria with the first-team squad, which likely spells the end for him in regards to his first-team prospects at Ashton Gate. He along with Joe Low who was a surprise inclusion in the Wales squad last month, have been left to train at the High Performance Centre, which could hint that they are available for transfer, and are looking to be moved on.

Wilson's move to Bolton Wandererscollapsed last week after a transfer fee could not be agreed on but now according to BirminghamLive, the Robins' Championship rivals could consider making a move. The Blues signed up Ethan Laird from Manchester United last week but remain in the market for Wilson, and a move would make sense given he hails from near the area.

It is reported by BirminghamLive that £250,000 was spent to bring Wilson to Bristol City last summer after leaving Forest Green Rovers on a free transfer and the club are eager to recoup that fee. Bolton tabled an offer of £200,000 according to The Bolton News, and had been keen to bring him up to Manchester, but the clubs were just too far apart in their valuations, and despite best efforts from both sides, the move broke down.

"There’s been speculation about Kane," Pearson said last week when asked about Wilson’s future at the club, amid ongoing speculation about a departure.

"The deal wasn’t concluded, it’s as simple as that. When we make changes to the squad when players come in, clearly that might affect one or two players that are already here. Kane had the opportunity to speak with Bolton, and the deal wasn’t concluded, and he’ll be here today."

To date, Wilson has made a total of Bristol City, with five league appearances and two outgoings in the Carabao Cup. He suffered a knee injury in October which required surgery, but appeared just one time for the seniors after his recovery, and was excluded from the match-day squad in the end-of-season run-in. The arrival of Ross McCrorie, who Nigel Pearson views as a right-back has made it twice as hard for Wilson to break in with George Tanner his preferred choice.

Before arriving at Bristol City, Wilson was seen as someone who could fill at right-back, given the concerns in the position. He had won the League Two Player of the Year award following his title win with Forest Green Rovers, and effectively moved up two divisions when he joined Bristol City.