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Bristol City defender edging closer to Hearts transfer as Nigel Pearson sets out loan plans

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Taylor Moore looks set for the fifth loan of his Bristol City career with Hearts increasingly confident of signing the centre-back on a season-long loan.

The Edinburgh Evening News report that the 24-year-old, who has two years remaining on his Robins contract, could travel to Edinburgh this weekend to complete the move ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

Moore’s only appearance for the Robins this season was in the Carabao Cup defeat to Forest Green and he is behind Tomas Kalas, Rob Atkinson and Nathan Baker in the middle of defence, while utility man Zak Vyner and teenager Ryley Towler give Pearson further options.

Speaking on Thursday, ahead of the Severnside Derby against Cardiff City on Saturday, Pearson didn’t go into detail on Moore’s situation specifically but did reveals few players will be allowed to leave on loan before August 31.

“I’ll make decision that I think are right for the football club and when there is something to be released about a player you’ll hear it through the normal channels,” Pearson said, in response to a question about whether Moore will be departing.

“If a player goes on loan somewhere, both clubs release it at the same time. There’ll be nothing until it’s official.”

Moore has previously spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town, Bury, Southend United and Blackpool but has made 52 appearances over the last two seasons under Lee Johnson and Dean Holden

However, since Pearson arrived at Ashton Gate in February, Moore, who also sustained an injury towards the end of last season, has played zero minutes in the Championship.

Just three players have left the club on loan this summer – Owura Edwards (Exeter), Joe Low (Eastleigh) and Prince Henry (Hungerford Town) – a marked difference from previous seasons.

In the 2020/21 campaign, City were involved in 23 loan transfers out of the club and the season before that it was 26; a policy that Pearson admits puzzles him.

Indeed, the manager drew reference to that in the wake of the 3-2 win over Reading last week when he said that Cam Pring hadn’t felt part of the club after five seasons of being a serial loanee.

With a raft of talented youngsters now supporting his first-team squad, and Alex Scott and Pring becoming genuine first XI players, the Robins manager believes their development will now be best served in Bristol, as opposed to on hire around the EFL.

“I’ve chosen not to farm out our youngsters because I feel they’ll develop more with us; Tommy Conway, Sam Bell in particular, they have been in and around the first team,” Pearson added. “They’ll get limited pitch time, but they’re not far away.

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“People want to always put a definite line on where the squad ends. They’re in and around the squad and I know what they’re capable of delivering and when we need players like that, they’ll be included.

“We’ve got quite a lot of promising players within the club but it’s only right when we use them when it’s right to use them.

“They’ve all made positive strides throughout the summer and will continue to do with us. We’ve put a couple players out on loan, which I think is right to do that but two or three is different to, in the past, [where] there’s been as many as double figures.

“Which I don’t really get because you’ve got to make decisions on players: if they’re not good enough, move them on.”

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