Bristol City Targeting Scotland on Loan Friday, 10th Feb 2012 10:24
Bristol City want to take Town striker Jason Scotland on loan for the remainder of their season. The 20th-placed Robins are managed by Derek McInnes, who played alongside the 32-year-old frontman at his first UK club Dundee United between 2003 and 2005.
The former Swansea and Wigan man is currently out of the first XI with Michael Chopra having taken his place in the side for the last two games, scoring three goals.
Scotland may be interested in the switch if he feels that he has a greater chance of playing first team football at Ashton Gate - and perhaps of winning a longer term move in the summer - while Town may consider the offer with the Trinidadian out of contract but having a clause in his deal which means he gets another year at his current wage if he makes three more league starts.
Speaking at the end of last week, McInnes confirmed that Bristol City are on the lookout for a striker on loan with Nicky Maynard having joined West Ham for £2 million on the final day of the transfer window: “I think we’re a wee bit short up front and I’m certainly considering bringing another forward in now that Nicky has gone.”
If Scotland does move on, the Blues would appear certain to look to the loan market themselves with strikers in short supply, Tamás Priskin having left to join Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz and Ronan Murray on loan at Swindon until the end of the season.
Football League clubs have been able to bring players in on 93-day loans on an 'emergency' basis since Wednesday, deals which now stretch to the end of the regular season, but not the play-offs.
This would only make sense if we could bring in someone young and hungry, with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season. Bennett from Crawley? He'd come on much lower wages than Scotland, even if he did cost a fee...
Stupid idea unless u have a proven championship striker lined up but whos gonna loan one of them out??whether hes played well or not this season i dont care if he stays or goes but not now he has to stay till end of season!
Would show great faith in Chopra, might be able to get ourselves a loan fee, get Scotland's £12k a week off the wage bill, but crucially, I'd love to see us recall Murray from Swindon and use him as an impact sub. However, even if we can't (or more likely, wouldn't) recall Murray from Swindon, we can play JET/Murphy up there and play Carson on the wing should Chops be injured, and Nathan-bloody-Ellington is still about somewhere. So, I don't really mind Scotland going.
No thanks. This would not suprise me though, it would save the rumoured clause kicking in, the one PJ dismisses as not relevant. Funny how he has suddenly stopped being picked. Proven goalscorer at this level. To loan him to one of our relegation rivals makes absolutely no sense, unless your name is Clegg or Jewell obviously.
he's on a hefty wage, cant afford to have the clause triggered. Might as well send him out on loan if they are willing to pay his wages. We can always offer him a new contract still at the end of the season but with reduced terms
The only reason we'd consider letting him go is because if he starts a certain amount of games he automatically gets a new contract on same wages, he's been in our top 3 players this season so i hope we don't let him go unless we have someone decent lined up to replace him. Tyrone Barnett maybe?