The free agents available to Bristol City after Deadline Day - includes EURO 2016 hero

Hal Robson-Kanu played many times for Wales, including at EURO 2016. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hal Robson-Kanu played many times for Wales, including at EURO 2016. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Hal Robson-Kanu played many times for Wales, including at EURO 2016. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The Robins can still make moves in the transfer market despite the transfer window being shut for the season

The January transfer window may be shut but Championship clubs are still able to dip in to the market of free agents.

With record losses announced back in December, it came as no surprise that no fee was exchanged for any players coming in.

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City’s only player that they brought in was signed on a free transfer, with Timm Klose joining until the end of the season.

Even though Nigel Pearson is more inclined to give first-team opportunities to younger players than signing another player, it is always an option that he can fall back on.

We take a look at five free agents that could be of interest to City from now until the end of the campaign.

Ahmed Elmohamady is a two-time promotion winner from the Championship. (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Ahmed Elmohamady is a two-time promotion winner from the Championship. (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Ahmed Elmohamady is a two-time promotion winner from the Championship. (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahmed Elmohamady

One option available to City is the former Aston Villa and Hull City right back.

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A position in which has been a vulnerability this season. At the start of the season the acquisition of George Tanner looked like a coup from Carlisle as he started the season in good form. However as the season went on he began to struggle with injuries and then in December the injury problems continued.

Alex Scott at times has been shoehorned into at right wing-back though in recent games he’s been played in his more natural role as a midfielder.

Zak Vyner has also been looked at there this season as it’s his natural position but he has mainly found himself as a centre-back as part of a flat back three.

With Elmohamady he represents experience of not only playing in the Championship but also the premier league. Between hull and Aston Villa he has been promoted twice to the premier league and could have a big insight on some of the younger players like Tanner and Vyner.

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One stumbling block though is City already have Danny Simpson on their books and he recently played in an under-23’s game against Cardiff City.

Winston Reid

With the signing of Rob Atkinson from Oxford in the summer it looked like city’s defensive shortages would be over with them also re-signing Nathan Baker.

Baker though has suffered two head injuries this season and is not expected to make a return to the pitch this season with his health paramount.

Atkinson has had a few niggling injuries and has been in and out of the side with Cameron Pring sometimes playing at centre-back, despite naturally being a left-sided midfielder.

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If City were to add another centre-back then they could look no further than Winston Reid, who has played just shy of 200 games in the Premier League.

Reid was part of the Brentford team that won promotion to the top flight last season, though he may be an unlikely target given the recent signing of Klose.

Rodrigo Ely

The third defender on this list and again another centre-back, Rodrigo Ely, who recently left Nottingham Forest.

He left the County Ground on Deadline Day and penned a message on his social media channels saying: Hi! I want to tell you that I'm no longer a @NFFC player.

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“Those who know me know that football is my life, and playing my greatest hope and motivation. Training with my teammates is not enough. I have youth, health and ambition, so I'm going all out for it.”

The 28-year-old previously played for Nottingham Forest and is the youngest out of the lot at just 28-years-old so you would be able to get a few years out of him.

Ely left Forest without making a Championship appearance though he was recovering from a serious knee injury and had a number of set backs, even limiting him from making a playing return with their under-23’s.

Hal Robson-Kanu

The man who properly introduced himself to the world during Euro 2016, Hal Robson Kanu is still a free agent after leaving West Bromwich Albion in the summer.

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Robson-Kanu who scored with an iconic Cryuff turn against the much fancied Red Devils in the quarter-finals of the Euros could be a viable option and it comes as a surprise no club has come in from him.

City though already have a few strikers at their disposal and even though a forward was looked at the start of the window, they didn’t pursue any options.

Antoine Semenyo is in form and bringing in a forward that could take away game time would be detrimental to his development. Chris Martin is also finding his goal scoring form again after recently ending a long run without a strike.

That leaves us then to Nahki Wells, who had an opportunity to join Cardiff City on Deadline Day but City rejected their two loan offers.

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Wells could still depart the club with interest reported from abroad so there could be a position in the strikers department though you’d imagine Pearson might be more inclined to give Tommy Conway a run in the side if that were to happen.

Claudio Yacob

Former West Brom anchor man Claudio Yacob has played in four different leagues and has madetwo appearances for the Argentine national team.

Defensive midfield is perhaps a position that City may have to look at after letting Tyreeq Bakinson leave for Ipswich Town, as well as a number of injury problems there.

Andy King, Joe Williams and Matty Williams have all had injury issues this season and at times, Pearson has been unable to call on all three of them.

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The 34-year-old was last playing in his native Argentina for Huracan so a return to the English Isles seems very unlikely, plus so far Alex Scott and Han-Noah Massengo have done well as a midfield two.

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