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Bristol City transfer round-up: Updates on Liam Walsh, Famara Diedhiou, Charlie Wyke, Jerry Yates and others

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With less a month to go until the start of the EFL season, Nigel Pearson’s Bristol City squad is really starting to take shape. 

Oxford United’s Rob Atkinson became the latest player to sign for the Robins over the weekend, joining recent arrivals Matty James and Andy King.

You feel Pearson will likely want to add one or two more players before the end of the window and with that in mind, here’s the latest City transfer news…

Swansea hoping to capitalise on City transfer decision

Last summer, Swansea City moved quickly to snap up Korey Smith after he was released by the Robins and it appears the Welsh club are hoping to do the same with Liam Walsh.

According to BBC Sport, the Swans are now closing in on the signing of Walsh as they look to make him the third arrival of the summer – after Joel Piroe and Kyle Joseph.

The 23-year-old is said to be in advanced talks with the Championship club after leaving Ashton Gate this summer after failing to agree new terms.

Striker update

The departure of Famara Diedhiou means that it would be a shock not to see the Robins sign a striker before the window closes but who exactly that will be remains unclear.

According to Gregor MacGregor from the Bristol Post, Charlie Wyke and Hal Robson-Kanu are not likely to be players that the South West club targets.

It is understood there are no talks being held with Diedhiou over a return, though he is said to be a target of West Bromwich Albion.

Joe Pigott and Jerry Yates are said to be secondary targets, while City are more interested in Michael Smith but there has yet to be any concrete movement.

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Rob Atkinson reveals why he picked City amid Celtic

The arrival of Atkinson looks like a fantastic bit of business from the Robins and the £1.6 million that they’re understood to have paid for him could quickly look a real bargain.

Celtic were reportedly also interested in the centre-back but he told Robins TV he joined Ashton Gate as he felt it represented another step up and the chance to continue his development.

He said: “I’m excited and looking forward to playing in the Championship.

“It’s another step up and I’ve done plenty of those in my career. I’ll be attacking it the same as I always have – that’s head on, working hard and hopefully it will go just as well as my previous step-ups.

“I’ve tried to learn from my peers and players in my position so it’s good to hear there’s experience in players in my position, the gaffer being a centre-back himself when he played, so I can learn from him too.”


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

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