Bristol City transfer ‘in balance’ as Wolves put off by £25m price

Kane Wilson will report for pre-season training at Bristol City - rather than make his move to Bolton Wanderers.
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Kane Wilson’s proposed move to Bolton Wanderers from Bristol City is ‘hanging’ in the balance, according to reports.

The Bolton News says that Wilson’s move to the League One outfit has had ‘some late complications’ which has slowed down the deal. Wilson is understood to be keen to make the move happen, but the stumbling block is because of the fees involved.

Both clubs return for pre-season this week, with the Robins back in today, and Wilson will report back to the High Performance Centre, rather than linking up with his potential new teammates.

The report adds that sources still ‘expect his move to be completed’ but that the delay will mean that Wanderers fans will have to wait. Bristol City had to pay £100,000 in compensation to Forest Green Rovers last summer, despite signing Wilson on a free transfer, and would be keen to at least recoup some money for the 23-year-old.

Wilson was limited to just seven matches in what seems to be his first and final year at Ashton Gate. He didn’t start any Championship games and only came on as a substitute. He suffered a knee injury in October which took months to recover from, but even after recovering from injury, he was excluded from the squad for the last six games of the season.

Bolton have already signed Josh Dacres-Cogley, a reported transfer target of Bristol Rovers, but Wilson should provide competition in the right-back berth. Wilson’s career has mainly been spent in League Two, having made 106 appearances, with his 2021/22 title win with Forest Green Rovers, the best campaign of his career so far. He has played in League One before, and it should represent an opportunity for the former West Brom youngster to reinvent himself, before trying to make the step-up to the Championship again.

In other news, Wolves are said to not be ‘willing’ to match the £25m price tag on Alex Scott. Journalist Dean Jones said to Football FanCast: "Scott’s an interesting one. Bristol City value him at around £25m at the moment. "That’s been quite off-putting for a lot of teams, it’s not just Wolves that aren’t willing to get to that make, so I think as the window goes further in, we might find that price-tag comes down a little."

It comes after reports from Italy claimed that Champions League finalists Inter Milan, believed they could negotiate a cut price for the 19-year-old. Tuttomercatoweb said Inter were ‘serious’ about bringing him to Serie A, and that they could negotiate the price to £18m.

Bristol City’s players are due back in for pre-season today, but Scott could be afforded an extended break because of his involvement at the U20 World Cup in Argentina at the end of last month. Bristol City’s pre-season match schedule begins on Monday, July 12 against Reading, but first they will travel to Austria for a warm weather training camp.