Bristol City are facing a vital period over the next couple of weeks as they aim to start picking up some more momentum on the field to keep themselves in the play-off picture.
The Robins 2-0 defeat at Norwich City last time out in the league leaves them a couple of wins away from the top six. That means that Dean Holden’s side, whilst still in the hunt for the a play-off position, have work to do to make the necessary improvements on and off the field in the next couple of weeks to give them enough to make up that difference.
It could therefore be vital that the remaining time left in the transfer window is a busy one for the Robins in terms of incomings. Holden is likely to be wanting to make one or two quality additions to his squad to provide that little extra quality in vital areas of the field that have been lacking. While they will also be needing to sort out the futures of some players at the club as well.
Here then, we aim to bring you up to date with the latest transfer news concerning the Robins…
The potential long-term future of forward Famara Diedhiou has been up in the air throughout the transfer window so far, with Middlesbrough having registered an interest in bringing the 28-year-old to the Riverside before the window closes. Although Neil Warnock has played down the prospect of that move getting over the line.
It has been reported that Bristol City are determined to keep hold of the forward until at least the end of the current campaign, with him being potentially crucial to their hopes of securing a top six finish. That means that the Robins are even thought to be prepared to allow him to run down his contract and leave for free in the summer.
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Bristol Live have also reported that Bristol City have a ‘very large’ contract offer to Diedhiou in a bid to convince him to commit his long-term future to the club. The Robins’ desire to retain the striker’s services was also once again reiterated by Holden in the week.
Bristol City have endured multiple issues on the injury front this campaign and one of the latest setbacks they have suffered is to Cameron Ping after he was recalled from his loan spell with Portsmouth to help bolster Holden’s options.
The Robins manager has now confirmed that something similar could now happen with George Nurse potentially seeing his loan spell with League Two Walsall cut short to try and ease some of the pressure on Bristol City’s squad. Holden confirmed to the media that it is something that they are considering and they are looking into it.
However, the process with recalling Nurse could be impacted by the full-back currently being sidelined himself at the moment. It could therefore come down to how long he is set to be out of action for that will determine whether Bristol City feel recalling him would be worthwhile.
One player who has emerged as a potential target for the Robins to bring in before the window closes is Huddersfield Town’s versatile attacker Alex Pritchard. Bristol City have joined the likes of QPR, Birmingham City and Derby County in the race for his signature in what could be an interesting transfer battle.
Pritchard has fallen out of favour this season under Carlos Corberan and that could mean that the Terriers are open to allowing the former Norwich City attacker to leave the club before the window closes. He would likely be required to take a wage cut to make any move possible and Huddersfield would likely be taking a huge loss on the £11 million they paid for the 27-year-old.
Bristol City are in need of reinforcements in that position of the pitch, with both Jamie Paterson and Andreas Wiemann on the treatment table at the moment. That means that Pritchard could be an ideal signing for them to make if they can manage to win the race for his signature.