Emmanuel-Thomas for Anderson swap deal in the balance, while Chopra says he won’t take a pay cut
Bristol City manager Sean O’Driscoll says there’s a long way to go on the proposed swap deal which would see Ipswich Town’s Jay Emmanuel-Thomas trade places with Paul Anderson at the Robins.
The EADT and Ipswich Star exclusively revealed that Emmanuel-Thomas and Michael Chopra had been transfer listed at the end of the 2012/13 season and were the first with the news last Friday that a trade deal had been struck regards Emmanuel-Thomas and Anderson.
“It’s all come from the Ipswich end really,” O’Driscoll told the official Bristol City website. “It’s a long way from bearing fruit. There’s work to be done.”
“We got approached to take Emmanuel-Thomas. I had him (on loan) at Doncaster. The discussions are around financials.”
Meanwhile, Chopra has ruled out a loan move away from Portman Road and says he wouldn’t be willing to take a pay cut to join another club on a permanent basis.
Answering fans’ questions on social netwrking website Twitter, Chopra – understood to be the club’s top earner on £18,000-a-week – said: “I do want to play every week but not as a loan player. [I] won’t be going on loan, I’m 29 not 17 anymore.”
The former Cardiff man, who like Emmanuel-Thomas has a year left on his Town contract, has stated on previous occasions that it’s down to him whether he leaves the Blues and says the same would be the case regarding a loan. He added: “[I] won’t go on loan, it’s down to the player not the football club.”