The Western Daily Press reports that negotiations between Yeovil Town and Bristol City for the permanent transfer of Marcus Stewart to Huish Park are moving forward.
With the Robins not playing until the Sunday City chairman Steve Lansdown, vice-chairman Keith Dawe as well as manager Gary Johnson, were all at HP on Saturday, and not just to watch the football. Stewart's agent Phil Purnell was also in the meeting with Yeovil chairman John Fry, and so was the Glovers director and legal advisor Stephen Allinson. As was to be expected at this stage little was forthcoming, with Allinson simply saying the talks were "progressing well."
Stewart will continue to train with Yeovil until Thursday this week, which is the official end of his three month loan spell. He then should report to Ashton Gate for training on Friday. However there's not much doubt Johnson would rather not see him there, and this may encourage City to cut a deal now so that Stewart remains training with the Glovers even though he can't actually sign or play until January 1st. Of course from the Yeovil point of view there will be the question of what if any fee City are asking, and from Stewart and Purnell's perspective what terms and conditions are on offer, so there may be plenty of haggling to come for all parties.
Stewart said of the situation :
It's quite frustrating that I can't play for a month, but I've just got to get my head down, do plenty of running and keep myself fit. I'm going back to City from next Friday when my loan ends here. I'll go back there and just get on with it.
We'll have to see what happens. There's a month until January 1, when I've got to get myself sorted out. I just want to play football, it's that simple. But if nothing gets sorted out then I will have to stick it out at City for the rest of the season and see what happens.
The thought of Stewart hanging around Ashton Gate for six months might just concentrate City minds, which is possibly exactly what the striker intended.
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