Bristol City targeting Premier League loan market to boost squad before end of transfer window

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West Country side working on incoming deals regarding Premier League players before the end of this month.

Bristol City still hope to recruit at least one more player, or even two if circumstances are favourable this month.

BristolWorld understands that the Robins are working on several possible incoming loan deals to go through before the end of the transfer window on 1 September.

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Manager Nigel Pearson explained recently that he had made enquiries but that Premier League sides were eager to assess their young players themselves before potentially allowing any players to leave to go out and develop their game in the EFL.

The Ashton Gate side have been linked with Elliot Anderson of Newcastle United and Aston Villa defensive midfielder Tim Iroegbunam, although fellow Villa youngster Cameron Archer - of interest to second tier sides this window - will remain with the Midlands side for the foreseeable future, as clarified by head coach Steven Gerrard.

Anderson excelled on loan at Bristol Rovers last season and is expected to be allowed out for more first-team football opportunites late in the window, while reports from Birmingham claim that Bristol City are one of six sides interested in England U19 player Iroegbunam, who played alonside Alex Scott in the Young Lions’ Euro triumph this summer.

“We’ve made enquiries about a number of players that haven’t materialised more because Premier League clubs have tours in pre-season and they use their younger players to populate their squads when they travel abroad,” Pearson told BBC Radio Bristol last week.

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“A number of clubs might be doing what we do, they want to have a good look at them in pre-season and that’s what I want to do with our players. I want to make sure that we don’t miss any progressions that our players have had.

“It’s also quite problematic to get the players you want on loan because there will be half a dozen Championship clubs looking at the same players. So it’s not through lack of effort on our part of trying to get people in, it’s just that it hasn’t materialised yet.”

The next weeks could see some success for the South West outfit however.

Meanwhile the Robins are not interested in Cape Verde international winger Jovane Cabral despite reports on the continent claiming that the ex-Lazio loanee is close to joining up in the West Country.

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The Sporting Lisbon winger, 24, is reportedly available this summer and has just a year to go on his contract.

Bristol City’s own winger Owura Edwards has got off to a flying start in Scotland on loan, however.

The 21-year-old has already scored two goals in four cup appearances, and was picked out by the local Sportscene TV show as a player to keep an eye on in the next weeks, as he impresses at Ross County in the Scottish Premier League.

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