Bristol City are interested in signing Derby winger Johnny Russell, according to Alan Nixon.
Russell, who has appeared in four of Derby’s five league games this season so far, has two years left on his contract at the iPro, and could be used as a bargaining chip by Nigel Pearson to make the Robins sell them Jonathan Kodjia, who was the subject of a bid by the Rams last night.
The 26-year old has had a quiet season so far, without a goal or an assist, but starred with ten goals and ten assists during his club’s campaign to the play-offs last season. A player who likes to run at the opposition, he can cause havoc in many side’s defence, and would add experience to a position that Bristol City only have young players in; Callum O’Dowda and Joe Bryan are their only left wingers.
However, Derby themselves are unlikely to want to let Russell leave because of cover, with only Abdoul Camara naturally a left-winger.
This saga could be one that runs all the way to Wednesday’s transfer deadline, with neither side likely to let their player move on without a fight.
Bristol City have started the season well, in sixth position with three wins from their first five. On the other hand, Derby lie in 18th, with only a 1-0 win over Preston and 0-0 draws with Brighton and Aston Villa to show for their efforts.
Bristol City fans, what do you think? Would Russell be a good signing? Derby fans, are you going to be willing to let him go? Let us know your opinions below!