Bristol City pull out of deal to sign Crawley Town defender Kyle McFadzean
Bristol City have pulled out of a deal to sign Crawley Town defender Kyle McFadzean.
Although a fee and contract had already been agreed, City head coach Sean O'Driscoll had doubts over the 25-year-old's fitness.
Out of action since November after contracting a serious viral infection, McFadzean was making a slower-than-expected recovery and there was a risk he might not be fit to play until much later in the season.
That was enough to persuade O'Driscoll to pull out of the deal and he is now likely to seek central defensive reinforcements in the loan market when the window re-opens next month.
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But he told The Post he is still interested in bringing McFadzean to Ashton Gate and a deal could yet be done in the summer.
O'Driscoll said: "I feel it is important to end the speculation. The medical people have collected all the data and talked and it is not certain that Kyle will play against this season.
"The short-term is probably a little bit more important than the long-term for us and, although I'm still interested in Kyle, it is more likely to be something we do in the close season."
Crawley Town chief executive Richard Low commented: "There has been a lot of speculation about Kyle in the last few days and, as everyone knows, we were having on-going discussions with Bristol City.
"They have now pulled out of any deal to sign Kyle, so he remains a Crawley Town player, which is great news for the club.
"Of course, the transfer window is open for another seven days and who knows what might happen, but Kyle is happy here and is working hard in the gym to get his fitness back."