Bristol City star Albert Adomah speaks out on Crystal Palace bids
Albert Adomah insists the thought of joining Crystal Palace in January never even crossed his mind.
Bristol City's in-demand winger was the subject of two bids from the Eagles last month, both of which were turned down by the Ashton Gate board of directors.
Palace manager Ian Holloway made no secret of his desire to recruit Adomah as a long-term replacement for Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha and the south London club were prepared to pay in excess of £2m for the Ghana star.
In South Africa with the Ghana squad for the African Cup of Nations, Adomah was kept abreast of developments by his agent, Tony Finnigan.
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But he told The Post that, even had City accepted a bid from Palace, he would not have moved to Selhurst Park.
"Had I not been playing regularly for Bristol City, then it might have been a different matter," revealed Adomah.
"But while I'm playing games week in and week out, I'm not going to join another Championship club.
"My agent and I discussed a possible move to a Championship club, but I want to be a Premier League player one day and going to Palace would have been a bit of a sideways step at the time.
"No disrespect to Palace, but my aim is to get into the Premier League."
Recalling events during the January transfer window, Adomah added: "I spoke to my agent and I knew all about the speculation. But I never spoke to Crystal Palace because things did not go that far.
"To be honest, I was more focussed on my football and playing for Ghana.
"I've been here before with speculation and I always try and keep my head down. There is always going to be speculation and I didn't allow it to bother me.
"When the time is right for me to move on, I'm sure everyone will know. For now, my best chance of getting into the Premier League is to play well for Bristol City and help keep them in the Championship.
"I have another year on my contract after this season and it is up to Bristol City if they want to sell me. It's not my call.
"If they accept a bid, then it will be up to me to say yes or no. But I cannot think about a move to the Championship, because I'm only interested in the Premier League."
Ironically, Adomah will have an opportunity to further impress Palace boss Holloway when City visit Selhurst Park in the npower Championship on Tuesday night.
If selected to start, the Ghana international could come up against his great friend and former City team-mate Yannick Bolasie, who moved to south London last summer.
Adomah said: "It has been a good move for Yannick. He has played regular games, which he did not always get while he was here.
"But there won't be any old pals act once the whistle blows. Bristol City need the points and I want to win the game badly.
"I followed the results while I was in South Africa and I was desperate to get back and help the lads before Saturday's game at Cardiff."