Bristol City Transfer News

With Bristol City having performed well in their first two seasons back in England’s second tier, they are facing an increasingly difficult transfer dilemma – while their consolidated status and improved national reputation are useful in attempting to lure better players to Ashton Gate, they also face more of a struggle to keep hold of the cream of their own crop.

With that in mind, there are more transfer rumours, both in terms of alleged acquisitions and rumoured losses, circling the Robins than ever before.

CONFIRMED TRANSFERS: OUT

So far, Gary Johnson’s side have not agreed any deals for any of their targets. However, a few players have already left Bristol for pastures new.

Second-choice goalkeeper Chris Weale has left on a free transfer to Championship rivals, and last term’s run-away League 1 champions, Leicester City.

He has been followed out of the club by youngster Jennison Myrie Williams. Having show promise in previous years, the energetic forward has finally been let go by the club.

Having spent loan spells at Carlisle, Cheltenham, Hereford and Tranmere, Myrie-Williams has secured himself a permanent deal with the SPL’s Dundee United on a free transfer.

Dundee United manager Craig Levein told the BBC, “I’m excited about this signing and I am sure he will develop into a real talent.”

The other departures have also occurred without any fees being paid. Unimpressive Slovakian striker Peter Styvar has left the club on-loan to Greek side Skoda Xanthi, just months after his move to the West Country in January. The move does give Xanthi the option to sign him on a permanent deal, so it remains to be seen whether City will be able to recoup any of the money they shelled out on him.

City have also released three players. Club legend Scott Murray, midfielder David Noble and Nigerian international striker Dele Adebola will all be playing elsewhere next season. Murray, although the offer of a job for life among the Robins’ backroom staff will apply when he retires from competition, the Scotsman felt that he still has something to give for a lower league side or even a team from abroad, with his agent reportedly having fielded inquiries from Australia and China if the cheeky veteran is to be believed.

David Noble, who scored the phenomenal goal in the away leg of last year’s play-off semi final away leg against Crystal Palace seemed like an integral part of the team which first gained promotion from League 1 and then nearly to the Premier League itself. However, he has been deemed surplus to requirements, and was sent off on-loan to Yeovil during the second half of the 08/09 season.

Adebola’s departure has been a bit more protracted. Out of contract at the end of the recent season, City had offered him a one-year deal to remain in Bristol. However, Adebola wanted the security of a two-year deal, something the club were unwilling to offer. With that in mind, the target man has left the club, with Nottingham Forest the likely destination.

Defender Izzy Iriekpen will not be getting a permanent deal with Bristol City. He spent the second half of last season at Ashton Gate, but on a temporary deal. Lingering fitness issues have left too much doubt in the minds of City officials, and he will have to look for a new club.

POSSIBLE TRANSFERS: OUT

With the already-confirmed departures rounded up, our attention now turns to more possible exits.

The most notable of the rumours surrounds midfield maestro Marvin Elliott. Signed from Millwall in 2007, the Englishman has been an absolute revelation to say the least. His commanding performances in his first season with the club saw him play 48 league matches and score 5 goals, including a memorable long-range strike against Stoke. he was also voted player of the season. Last term, Elliott’s progress was hindered by injury, but returned to make over 20 league appearances and score 3 goals.

He has been linked with a move away to a higher-calibre side ever since that brilliant first season. Portsmouth were the first suitors discussed in the rumours columns of the country’s tabloids, but it was Wolves who made the first official approach, back in January. However, Mick McCarthy failed in his £2 million bid.

Elliott has continued to be linked with a transfer to the Black Country, with West Brom and Fulham other alleged destinations. Just yesterday, Elliot was reportedly on his way to Fulham for £3 million. However, Bristol City have denied this, while other reports suggest that the 25-year old is poised to sign a new contract with City, following in the footsteps of Cole Skuse and Ivan Sproule who have put pen to paper.

Manager Gary Johnson has claimed, very publicly, that Elliott is staying.

Marvin has verbally agreed a new contract and should sign it when he comes back from holiday next week,” Johnson told the Bristol Evening Post.

“I am pleased with that because it would have been difficult to replace him.”

Rightback Bradley Orr has also been caught up in the rumour mill with Premier League newcomers Burnley, Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn, and relegated Newcastle United among those keeping tabs on the Liverpudlian.

In addition to this, unsettled striker Lee Trundle has also been the subject of rumours. With the £1 million signing having struggled to get in the side last season, he was sent on-loan to Leeds United. However, although he made a bright start, his tenure with the fallen giants was rather flat overall. With Adebola now having left, perhaps Trundle’s chances now look more positive. However, if Gary Johnson signs some new forwards during the summer, then he may look for a move away after all.

POSSIBLE TRANSFERS: IN

We shall finish with more positive rumours, and the possibility of new red and white heroes entering through the doors of Ashton Gate.

One of the players strongly associated with a move to Bristol City is Irish winger Mark Yeates. The Colchester number 11 began his career at Tottenham Hotspur and played virtually every game in Colchester’s promotion season in 2005/6. He made an equally impressive number of turnouts last season, knocking in a good haul of 12 goals from midfield.

The Bristol Evening Post has reported that City have already tabled a £300,000 bid for Yeates, but were told to come back with an improved offer if they want to sign the player.

However, City seemed to have turned to another wide target – Manchester United’s Lee Martin.

Martin, who has enjoyed periods on loan to Rangers, Antwerp and Nottingham Forest in the past, has reportedly been the subject of a £1.5 million bid from City.

However, with his profile on the Manchester United website reading “Martin is… Coveted by many Premier League clubs”, perhaps City’s chances are somewhat limited. In addition, Roy Keane is apparently keen to sign Martin from his former club, to be part of his revolution at Ipswich Town. Nonetheless, Martin was born in Taunton, so he may want to move back closer to home and join Gary Johnson’s push for the Premier League.

Johnson’s courting does not end there, though, with Scott Sinclair back on the Londoner’s agenda, according to some outlets. City have been linked with loan moves for the promising Chelsea youngster in the past, with ClubCall reporting that City have lodged a £1.5 million bid for him too.

Other targets include defender Sam Sodje and Barnsley midfielder Anderson de Silva. The highly-rated Brazilian, formerly on the Everton books, has been officially targeted by City. Barnsley have turned down what they described as a “decent” offer for De Silva, with Tykes manager Simon Davey telling BBC Radio Sheffield, “We’ve given them a figure and they’ll come back or not come back.”

2 Responses to “Bristol City Transfer News”

  1. Fanny Packs FTW Says:

    WE NEED A LEFT SIDED WINGER!!!

  2. Fanny Packs FTW Says:

    we need a left sided player

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