Bristol City, Burnley and Milllwall interested in transfer for Chelsea midfielder
The January deadline is approaching - but Bristol City also have plans for the summer
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Bristol City are reportedly one of several clubs tracking Chelsea starlet Xavier Simons - who is currently on a season-long loan deal with Championship club Hull City.
Simons was lent to the Tigers by Chelsea this season, and has not played many minutes this season, with just eight minutes of pitch time in the Championship. Simons did play in the FA Cup earlier this month, but despite his lack of appearances, Hull want to sign him on a permanent deal and have began discussions with Chelsea about keeping him on Humberside for the rest of the season and beyond. Chelsea could recall Simons and send him out to a new club, but with only one day left in the January transfer window, it would make for a complicated process.
A report from the Evening Standard claims that Hull City are holding talks with the London club about turning their loan deal into a permanent one, but they face competition from their league rivals. Burnley, Millwall and Bristol City are all said to be keeping tabs and he is on the radar of all three clubs, with a summer move more likely.
Simons is 19-years-old and began his youth career at Brentford, before moving to Chelsea in 2016, where he has made one senior appearance. He is a centre midfielder by trade but has also played as a defensive midfielder before, but has only played four matches at first-team level for both Hull and Chelsea.
He is a three-time England Under-19 international, having made his debut in March 2022, and has mainly played at age grade level. For Chelsea's Under-21's he has played 30 times and scored three goals, whilst at Under-18's level he featured 22 times, with two goals and three assists.