Bristol City nearer to deal for Kyle McFadzean
Bristol City were today closing in on a deal for Crawley Town defender Kyle McFadzean.
The Post has learned that the clubs are now very close to agreeing a fee for the £25-year-old, who is valued at around £550,000 .
McFadzean has expressed a desire to join the Championship strugglers and discussions regarding a contract and personal terms are at an advanced stage.
But nothing has been signed as yet and, as revealed in The Post on Monday, and transfer will be dependent upon the centre-back passing a stringent medical examination.
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An Ashton Gate source told The Post: "The two clubs are close to agreement, but there are still a few small details to be ironed out. Progress is being made but nothing is imminent."
New Robins head coach Sean O'Driscoll worked with McFadzean during his brief time in charge of the Sussex club last summer and is keen to bring him to Ashton Gate. But he has been briefed on the player's condition and accepts he will not be ready to play in the first team for several weeks.
Struck down by a viral infection that affected his respiratory system, McFadzean has been sidelined for seven weeks and has yet to return to training.
The medical staff at Crawley and Bristol City are currently exchanging information and, as yet, there are no plans for McFadzean to travel to Ashton Gate for a medical.
O'Driscoll commented: "I think Bristol City were thinking he could come in and play on Saturday, which is not the case.
"I've spoken to Kyle and he hasn't just not trained in seven weeks, he hasn't done anything. Even if we get him straight back into training with no complications it will take a while to get him match-fit.
"I am still keen to bring him in but we might need someone short-term as well. Kyle would be a more long-term signing."
Crawley manager Ritchie Barker, who succeeded O'Driscoll at Broadfield last summer, is resigned to losing McFadzean to City.
He told the Brighton Argus: "I've been looking at a couple because I always knew there was a chance Kyle might go.
"I don't know how much of any transfer fee would be made available. The board will come to me and I will say how much someone is worth and then it is up to them."
He said of McFadzean: "He would be very difficult to replace because he is probably one of the best centre-halves in League One. He is one of our best players."