According to news coming through from ESPN, MLS side Columbus Crew SC has rebuffed a £3 million bid from Bristol City for USMNT keeper Zack Steffen.
Speaking to ESPN, Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said of the Robins’ bid: “We evaluated an offer and decided it wasn’t the right opportunity for the club at this moment.”
23-year-old Steffen joined the Crew from German 1.Bundesliga side SC Freiburg in late July 2016. He was initially loaned out to USL side Pittsburgh Riverhounds for three months between August-November 2016, but has since established himself as first-choice for the Crew.
Steffen is a current three-cap US international, playing in friendlies against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Paraguay and France in the latter’s last warm-up game for the 2018 World Cup.
Sources told ESPN that whilst the money offered by Bristol City was on the mark that was acceptable to Columbus Crew, they MLS side baulked at having to struggle in finding a replacement at this stage of the season.
ESPN also say that on a more mundane level the young stopper might have had issues gaining a UK work permit due to not having featured enough times for the US Men’s National Team over the last two years.
With this rebuttal of their £3 million offer it loos like Bristol City will have to head back to the drawing board to come up with an alternative, that is if this is an avenue that the Robins wish to do business in.
However, they’ll have to be quick as the season itself starts in little over two weeks and time is at a premium as things tick towards that.