Bristol City remain interested in both Rotherham United forward Michael Smith and former AFC Wimbledon striker Joe Pigott this summer after being priced out of a move for Jerry Yates, per Bristol Live.
That comes amid reports that Blackpool have placed a £5 million valuation on him following their promotion to the Championship.
Nigel Pearson’s side have been linked with a potential move for Rotherham’s Smith over the last few weeks but they are facing reported competition from Middlesbrough.
In fact, according to a recent report from Teesside Live, Neil Warnock’s relationship with Paul Warne could be giving them an advantage in the race for the target man.
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Despite that though, the latest update from Bristol Live reaffirms that the Robins still have Smith on their radar this summer. While Pigott also remains someone that Bristol City are still very much looking at as a possibility to enhance their forward options after his exit from AFC Wimbledon.
It should come as no surprise that Bristol City have now been priced out of a potential move for Yates this summer, with Blackpool not wanting to accept anything less than £5 million for him. That was always going to be far too big a fee for the Robins to even consider paying for him this summer.
Smith is someone that has proven himself to be a Championship quality striker and therefore he would be a useful addition to the squad and he will be available far more cheaply than Yates. The forward is someone that would add a physical presence to their attacking play as well as the ability to weigh in with some important goals.
Pigott is more of a risk in terms of he has not yet shown what he can do in the Championship, but he has seemed like someone that is ready to make the step up to a higher level after his excellent form for AFC Wimbledon. With him available on a free it definitely fits the bill for the Robins’ budget this summer and he might prove to be a bargain if he arrived and hit the ground running.