Bristol City are reportedly interested in Rotherham United striker Michael Smith as they look to replace Famara Diedhiou, which has drawn an interesting reaction from fans of the club.
Diedhiou scored 51 times in 169 appearances across four seasons with the Robins but was one of 11 senior players released earlier this summer.
City have been linked with a number of potential replacements and it seems Smith is the latest striker that they’re eyeing up.
According to Gregor MacGregor from the Bristol Post, the South West club are interested in signing Smith this summer.
The 29-year-old only has a year left on his contract, which could leave Rotherham open to cashing in on him after their relegation to League One.
However, City do face competition from Middlesbrough with Neil Warnock understood to be keen to sign three new strikers before next season.
The physical forward has scored 18 goals and added seven assists across his two Championships seasons with the Millers, while only Cardiff City’s Kieffer Moore won more aerial duels than his 308 last season (Whoscored) – indicating what he would bring to Nigel Pearson’s squad.
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The links to Smith have drawn a mixed reaction from the Ashton Gate faithful, with many taking to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Would be a good signing was very good against us at Ashton Gate.
— HNM 🦁 (@bcfcdylan1) June 2, 2021
Would be a decent signing to be fair but I’d be Surprised if he’d wanted to join us considering Smith always smashes up our defence every time
— Chris Hall (@Chrissy___Hall) June 2, 2021
I’d be very surprised if he decided to join us over some of the other teams in for him, but I’d be happy if he did.
— Ryan Richardson (@Ry_Ry91) June 2, 2021
I really like Michael Smith. Mobile, target man, brings others into play. Good feet for a big man. Ignoring his title-winning goal for Swindon in 14/15!
— Fevs Football Analytics (@FevsFootball) June 2, 2021
We’ve been “interested” in him for about 6 years since he was at Swindon. Downgrade on Fam
— Will C (@cidersuspect) June 2, 2021
Dear me are we seriously going back to milan duric type players🤦🏼♂️🤦🏼♂️
— Bcfctom07 (@Bcfchome) June 2, 2021
Hope not 🤦🏻♂️
— J (@jtwallace17) June 2, 2021
Bring back Milan djuric!😂
— BenBCFC (@BristolcityF) June 2, 2021