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Bristol City make approach to sign Dutch defender Kenneth Paal on a free transfer from PEC Zwolle

Bristol City close in to sign Dutch defender Kenneth Paal on a free from PEC Zwolle – with Nigel Pearson’s Championship side aiming to fight interest in Barnsley’s left-back

  • Bristol City has made an offer to take over defender Kenneth Paal from PEC Zwolle
  • Paal’s contract expires at the end of June, which means they could get him for free
  • Nigel Pearson’s side made approach amid League One Barnsley interest

Bristol City has made an offer to sign PEC Zwolle defender Kenneth Paal.

The left-back’s contract expires at the end of the month and the Championship squad has made a move to take over Paal on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old was a permanent fixture for PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie last season and made 25 appearances for the club.

Bristol City have taken an approach to sign PEC Zwolle defender Kenneth Paal (pictured above)

Bristol City have taken an approach to sign PEC Zwolle defender Kenneth Paal (pictured above)

The 25-year-old was a fixed value for Zwolle in the Eredivisie last season and made 25 appearances

The 25-year-old was a fixed value for Zwolle in the Eredivisie last season and made 25 appearances

Barnsley has also expressed interest in Paal, a product of PSV’s youth academy, but it is City who have taken the first step.

The Tykes made a £650,000 bid last summer to try and sign the former Holland Under-17 star, but he stayed at the MACPARK Stadium.

Zwolle finished last season at the bottom of the Dutch top with 27 points and the team is now relegated to the Eerste Divisie.

The left-back's contract expires at the end of the month and Robins manager Nigel Pearson (right) and his Championship squad have made a move to sign the Dutchman for free.

The left-back’s contract expires at the end of the month and Robins manager Nigel Pearson (right) and his Championship squad have made a move to sign the Dutchman for free.

In 2021, amid interest from Scottish giants Celtic, Paal said: “[Celtic is] such a big club, with such a history, that’s always nice to hear. That just shows that you’re doing a good job.

“As it stands now, I will be a PEC player next season. I’ve always said that (I want to play in England). That’s where I get the most out of my game. The championship… is a great game. I’d like to experience that someday.’

As it stands, Pearson has Jay Dasilva and Cameron Pring as left-back options in his roster.

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