Former Norwich City defender made available for transfer by Bristol City
Bristol City’s two most experienced players could be about to leave the club
Nigel Pearson will allow Timm Klose to leave Bristol City to leave in the January transfer window, whilst claiming that Chris Martin knows his position at the club. Both Klose and Martin has fallen out-of-favour and has struggled to claim a place in the Robins first-team this season.
Neither Klose or Martin have been involved in the recent match day squads, prompting talk over a possible departure. No clubs have been linked with a move for the pair but with sales needed to fund any potential incomings, the pair could be two that are moved on.
Klose joined the Robins this time last year after earning a six-month contract following a trial period. The 34-year-old signed a new deal in the summer, keeping him at the club until this summer. His time in the West Country could be over however if a club meets City’s demands.
“Yes,” responded Pearson when asked if the Switzerland international was one of the players that City had looked to transfer out.
“It’s best for us to give you something concrete when it happens rather than get involved in speculation. Timm has been in discussion with the club."
The 17-time Switzerland international however has struggled for game time after an injury towards the end of pre-season forced him out of the side. Zak Vyner came from out of the cold and has been a consistent figure in the side.
Klose has made 12 appearances this season, but has not been involved in a Championship match-day squad since the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough. The last time he featured in a match-day 18 was against Lincoln City in mid-December. His ten appearances in the league have been separated by five starts and five substitute appearances.
Klose’s teammate Martin is another player that has an uncertain future with the team, and has also been out of favour. Martin’s contract was extended after playing a certain number of games last season. He had come off a respectable campaign with 12 goals in 44 matches, forging a strong partnership with Antoine Semenyo, with Andi Weimann providing support.
The 34-year-old has been unable to recapture that form and has scored just one goal in 19 appearances. Martin has been a substitute for 14 of those matches, and has not been involved in the last four match-day squads.
Nahki Wells and Tommy Conway has been the preferred strike partnership, but an injury to the Scotland Under-21 international could put a departure from City on hold. Martin could feature in the squad against Birmingham this weekend but Sam Bell has been ahead of him in the pecking order.
He’s a player that knows exactly where he stands as do a number of players. What is also important is we don’t cut our nose off to spite our face.
"We have to remain competitive during the rest of the season with injuries being as they are, you’ll see from selection the direction we are going in. We’ve had enquiries about players but it just remains that, there has been tentative enquiries but not a lot going on really.
"I think it indicates where football feels it is at this level. Championship clubs are facing similar scenarios and coming to terms with the financial aspects of life post-COVID. It is understandable clubs aren’t doing business quickly.
"Because we are in a scenario at the moment where we need to move players before we bring players in, it appears other people are in the same position. It just means progress is slower in that regard."