Bristol news Swansea eye another prime free agent from Robins with Cooper keen on Liam Walsh PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Contract negotiations between Liam Walsh and Bristol City broke down this week and the highly-rated midfielder will be released. He will not be short of suitors
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Swansea City could be set to take another prime free agent from Bristol City for the second summer in succession, with the Swans keen on Liam Walsh. Bristol Live understands that Steve Cooper had targeted Walsh last summer, following his sensational campaign in Coventry’s promotion from League One, but any chance of bringing the midfielder to the Liberty Stadium was ended once City activated the 12-month option in his contract. On Friday, Walsh was confirmed among the 11 players who are to be released by City this summer as their deals expire, with the 23-year-old rejecting terms after talks ran into Thursday evening. That has left the door open for Swansea to make a fresh approach to Walsh’s representatives and Bristol Live has learned the package presented is more than what City were prepared to pay the Everton academy graduate. Read More Related Articles Ode to Pato, Walsh's exit, few goodbyes - what next for Nigel Pearson's Bristol City Read More Related Articles Bristol City news and transfers live: What next for Nigel Pearson's Robins after chaotic day? Last summer Swansea signed Korey Smith on a free transfer after the midfielder was released due to concerns over his injury issues having made 22 starts in two years. Smith has been a significant addition for the Swans, anchoring their midfield alongside Matt Grimes, and making 27 starts - his most since 2017/18 - as they finished fourth and are now preparing for a play-off semi-final against Barnsley. Walsh’s time at City has also been dogged by injury issues, suffering a torn knee ligament during the 2018/19 campaign which then led to Lee Johnson sending him to Coventry to build up his match fitness. Walsh responded by helping guide the Sky Blues to the League One title with a series of influential displays, scoring three goals in 26 games with five assists and claiming the club’s player of the year award. Liam Walsh in action at Ashton Gate That had set him up for a breakout season at City, with Dean Holden replacing Johnson, but Walsh has never got going, sustaining a thigh injury and then a hamstring problem which reduced him to just three appearances.
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. Unfortunately that lack of game time has prevented him from providing evidence that he can perform consistently in the Championship, which has surely influenced City’s contract offer which he has subsequently rejected. Cooper, though, considers it a logical gamble given Walsh’s talent and he is precisely the sort of clever, technical midfielder that could flourish under the former England Under-17 head coach.
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One caveat is the Swans’ play-off campaign, as should Cooper’s side secure promotion they could look to other options but if they remain in the Championship, Walsh becomes a main target. There was regret and disappointment among Robins supporters when it was confirmed that Walsh would be leaving the club. Losing him to a Championship rival, 80 miles along the M4 will only enhance those emotions. City will be due compensation from the club which eventually signs Walsh, as he is an under-24 player who has rejected a contract offer, but the fee is likely to be dwarfed by the initial £1million the Robins paid Everton for the player in 2018.
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