Bristol City make key decision on youth international’s future as Middlesbrough eye midfielder swoop

Robins to make decision on midfielder’s future as forward returns to club with ‘fatigue’

Nigel Pearson’s Bristol City have endured a mix of results so far this season and currently sit 13th in the Championship following their 2-0 loss to Reading last weekend. In their 17 matches, the Robins have won six times and lost eight with the latest taking place on Saturday at the hands of Mamadou Loum and Andy Carroll.

The Robin’s next fixture will take place at Ashton Gate this weekend where they will welcome Swansea City who currently sit fourth in the league with just five losses from their 16 fixtures.

As Pearson’s side prepare to host Swanse,a here are the latest transfer rumours from the Robins and their Championship rivals…

Robins send U21 Wales international on loan

City’s Ewan Clark has been sent out to Yeovil Town in the National League side after his fellow Robins colleague Sam Pearson returned to Ashton Gate due to “fatigue”.

Pearson joined the Glovers on loan in July and has since made 11 appearances for Chris Hargreaves’ side, scoring two goals. However, the 21-year-old has now returned to his home club in the U21 set-up in order to recover.

In his place, 19-year-old Clark has been sent out and played his debut on Tuesday night during Yeovil’s 2-0 win over Aldershot. Hargreaves has said: “(Ewan) is an exciting attacking player who we believe is ready to hit the ground running. We would like to thank Bristol city for their cooperation on the deal.”

Tom Bayliss (R) battles for the ball for Preston North End in 2020Tom Bayliss (R) battles for the ball for Preston North End in 2020
Tom Bayliss (R) battles for the ball for Preston North End in 2020

Middlesbrough eye up growing target

Michael Carrick has recently been confirmed as the new manager of Middlesbrough. The northern side have been without a manager since sacking Chris Wilder earlier in October and the former Manchester United star is already looking to make his move in the transfer season with Shrewsbury Town’s Tom Bayliss being eyed up. According to the72, Bayliss, who has five goal contributions to his name already this season, is being watched by Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool and Reading as well as Middlesbrough.

Bayliss, 23, was formerly at Coventry City and Preston North End, has played 15 matches so far this 2022/23 season, scoring three goals in his capacity as midfielder. He was signed to Shrewsbury from Preston earlier this summer on a two-year deal with a one-year extension option.

The Daily Star also suggests the former club captain could look to raid his former side with Amad Diallo being top of the list. The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Sunderland but has struggled for game time. The £37m star could well enjoy better opportunities under a familiar face, the Star reports, and United may recall him to send over Carrick’s way.

Premier League outcaste in pursuit by Championship clubs

According to Football League World, the Nottingham Forest player Lyle Taylor is set to be a hot topic in the upcoming January transfer window.

The 32-year-old is yet to feature for Forest so far this season having endured a tough time at the City Ground since joining in 2020 and has only scored seven league goals for the side since. Birmingham City, Luton and Millwall are apparently now keen to get their hands on the out-of-favour star with January coming up.

Taylor spent the second half of last season on loan at Birmingham suggesting that is the most viable option for the 32-year-old. However after Millwall were on the hunt for a striker last summer, Birmingham may face competition when the transfer season begins.

Fee yet to be agreed over Brazilian star

Earlier this week, it was reported that Udinese, who are owned by the same family as Watford, are set to sign 19-year-old Matheus Martins. As part of the deal, the midfielder would then spend the first stint of his time in Europe at the Hornets on loan. However, the Brazilian Netflu has quoted the Fluminense president Mario Bittencourt as revealing they are yet to agree a fee: “The player is not sold yet. There’s a negotiation going on, it’s no secret to anyone. About the price, I always say that the sale value is the market value.”