Bristol City miss out on Nigel Pearson favourite as target moves to Championship rivals

Bristol City have missed out on a player Nigel Pearson admitted he was a fan of as the loanee has made another Championship switch.
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Reda Khadra has had his loan at Sheffield United cut short and has instead made the move to Bristol City’s Championship rivals, Birmingham City.

The Germany under-21 international, whose parent club is Brighton, had struggled to get into the United side as the Blades make a push for automatic promotion and made it clear before Christmas that he was keen on leaving Bramall Lane to play more games.

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The Robins had shown an interest in signing the former Blackburn loanee in the summer but Khadra opted for Paul Heckingbottom’s side - a move that hasn’t worked out, such was the form of other players in his position. Indeed, in United’s visit to Ashton Gate earlier this season, Khadra was hooked after just 34 minutes by his manager, who admitted he’d made a mistake in starting the attacker.

Pearson revealed last week that he remained interested in the 21-year-old, telling Bristol World, when asked if Khadra’s initial rejection had spoilt a chance of him moving to City: “No, I haven’t burned any bridge. He’s a player we have talked about in the summer because we felt he would be good for us.

“His loan deal hasn’t really worked out for him. He would be a player that I think would be good for us and us as a club would be good for him. It’s something we are exploring again.”

Birmingham’s interest came to light on the same day Pearson made those comments and the move was sealed on Monday and announced on Tuesday. The player told his new cub’s official website: “When I got the call that Birmingham wanted me, I was excited to go somewhere and get some minutes and play more. I am really looking forward to playing for Birmingham. I hope I can get on the pitch quickly and start to play.”

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