Crystal Palace retain interest in Bristol City star ahead of possible January bid

The striker remains in-demand after returning from injury.

Crystal Palace reportedly maintain an interest in Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo.

The Robins star has been linked with a move away from Ashton Gate throughout the summer and attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs.

However, City manager Nigel Pearson stuck by his promise to refuse any late offers for the Ghana international as Thursday’s transfer deadline approached.

Speaking on Wednesday, he told BBC Radio Bristol: “Well, it’s a bit late now isn’t it?

“One day to go and people haven’t shown any interest, so I’m not telling you. None. No bids as far as I’m concerned.”

“I’m not expecting anything to happen. It is last minute now, let’s be honest. It’s ludicrous really to think about rushing things through now when we’ve heard nothing about it beforehand.”

Semenyo came off the bench just after the hour-mark in Saturday’s visit to Blackburn Rovers and helped his side earn a 3-2 win at Ewood Park.

The striker will hope to force his way back into Pearson’s starting lineup over the coming weeks and building on his impressive performances last season.

They lead to several Premier League scouts visiting Ashton Gate and one recent report from journalist Alan Nixon via Patreon has suggested Crystal Palace remain keen on taking Semenyo to Selhurst Park.

That follows on from a report during the middle of last month when writer Dean Jones stated: “They’re (Palace) looking at Semenyo as well from Bristol City and that’s one that they’re looking to pursue again, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they made an offer.”

That offer was not forthcoming prior to Thursday’s transfer deadline but the interest could be revisited during the January transfer window.