Bristol City are plotting a move for Crystal Palace defender Jake O’Brien… with Nigel Pearson’s side exploring a permanent deal for the on-loan centre-back
- Bristol City are exploring a move for Crystal Palace defender Jake O’Brien
- The centre-half has been on loan with Belgian side RWD Molenbeek this season
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Bristol City have targeted a move for Crystal Palace defender Jake O’Brien.
The 21-year-old central defender is currently on loan at Belgian side Molenbeek, but City boss Nigel Pearson wants to take O’Brien ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
City initially wanted O’Brien on a loan, but it is understood the Championship club are now exploring a potential permanent deal.
Bristol City are targeting a move for Jake O’Brien, who’s currently on loan with Molenbeek
Nigel Pearson’s side had initially explored a loan deal but now favour a permanent agreement
O’Brien has been a regular in Belgium since joining earlier this season – but he is yet to play a senior game for Palace.
He spent the second half of last season on loan at Swindon, where he made 21 appearances in all competitions.
The 21-year-old defender has also represented the Republic of Ireland at U21 level.
The Republic of Ireland defender is yet to make a senior appearance for the Palace first-team
While O’Brien’s deal goes on, Patrick Vieira’s side are closing in on their own deadline day signing after agreeing a £10.5million fee for Stuttgart midfielder Naouirou Ahamada.
Sportsmail understands the central midfielder will join on a three-and-a-half-year deal, with the option of a further two years.
Ahamada joined Stuttgart from Juventus and the French Under-18 international has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season for the Bundesliga side.
Naouirou Ahamada is set to undergo a medical at Crystal Palace on Monday ahead of a switch
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