Bristol City boss likely to make James Wilson available on loan
BRISTOL City defender James Wilson looks certain to be heading out of Ashton Gate on loan.
Omitted from City's squad for the last Championship fixture against Barnsley at Oakwell on September 1, the 23-year-old centre-back, pictured, does not appear to feature in manager Derek McInnes's immediate plans.
The window for emergency loan signings opened at the weekend and League One Yeovil Town, managed by former Robins boss Gary Johnson, and Rotherham United are among a number of possible suitors.
Championship rivals Nottingham Forest recently made an unofficial approach for the City academy product, only to be told he was not available. But McInnes is close to signing a right-sided centre-back on loan and the situation has since changed.
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McInnes told The Post: "I sat down and had a meeting with James a couple of weeks ago to let him know where he stood. He is a young player and I have told him he still figures in my plans, but he might need to go out on loan to get regular first-team football.
"I'm after another centre-half and, if that happens, then James going out on loan will become more of a possibility.
"But it will have to be to the right club and at the right time."
Named among the substitutes for the first four games of the season, Wilson lost his place on the bench to Lewin Nyatanga at Barnsley.
Louis Carey and Liam Fontaine have established themselves as first-choice centre-backs and, should McInnes recruit another defender before Saturday's home Championship clash against Blackburn Rovers, Wilson's first-team opportunities will be further limited.
In the market for a tall, first-ball-winning central defender since the end of last season, McInnes has turned his search to the loan market since the transfer window closed at the end of August.
But he declined to comment on speculation linking him with a move for Norwich City's Elliot Ward, pictured.
City were close to signing the 27-year-old last month, only for the deal to fall through when the two parties were unable to agree personal terms.
The former West Ham United and Coventry centre-half is now available for loan after failing to make Canaries boss Chris Hughton's 25-man Premier League squad and City are maintaining their interest.
McInnes confirmed reports that former Auxerre winger Omar Kossoko is to join City on trial.
A free agent after being released by the French club following their relegation from Ligue 1 at the end of last season, the 24-year-old will join City's first-team squad for training this week and could feature in today's behind-closed-doors friendly against Bristol Rovers at Failand. Available on a free transfer, Kossoko recently spent a short spell on trial at Crystal Palace without being offered a deal by boss Dougie Freedman.