Middlesbrough also had a bid for Bryan accepted by the Robins, as reported by BBC Bristol, but it seems that the left-back has opted to make the switch to Villa Park instead.
So with the former seemingly heading to Birmingham, will Tony Pulis now focus his attention on trying to bring the latter to the Riverside?
The two defenders are similar in age (Knudsen is a year older at 25) and have similar experience in the second tier of English football, but the big bonus for Middlesbrough is the Dane could potentially be far cheaper than his English counterpart.
So the full-back could possibly be available for £1.5m - £4.5m less than the Villans are expected to pay for Bryan - and with George Friend already at the North East club, perhaps this is actually the better outcome for Pulis' side.
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