The Robins are looking to offload Palmer this month on a permanent deal and due to lack of funds available to Lee Bowyer, a player-swap deal is the most logical option.
The former Chelsea starlet is desperate for a move away from Ashton Gate after falling out of favour with manager Nigel Pearson and a number of Championship clubs are said to be after his signature.
Palmer, 25, hasn’t featured for the Robins since mid-October and has found himself completely isolated from the squad in recent weeks despite City’s continuous struggles up the top end of the pitch.
A move away this month is pretty much a certainty but it’s where he ends up that is currently up in the air.
With Lee Bowyer strapped for cash, a player-swap deal is the only real likely scenario for Blues to land Palmer and that all depends on whether or not the Robins like what they get in return.
Harlee Dean has of course been made available for transfer so would be the obvious choice whereas Kristian Pedersen is also a name that has come up.
Bristol City have had previous interest in Pedersen and though that was under former manager Dean Holden, there is potential for that to have legs still.
Queens Park Rangers and Huddersfield Town are said to be the other front runners for the signature of Palmer and though initially QPR were said to be the most likely destination for the midfielder, the R’s are believed to now be out of the running.
Just to add another spanner into what is turning into a bit of a transfer-triangle, too - QPR are one of the team’s monitoring Birmingham’s Dean.
So, Blues get Palmer, Bristol get Pedersen, QPR get Dean?
It kind of makes sense?
One to keep an eye on. We’ll update as and when we hear more.
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