Coventry City’s Development Director Steve Waggott has revealed to the Coventry Telegraph today that the club are looking to help their former player Cyrus Christie find a new club
. Although out of contract, Christie would command a fee likely to reach six-figures due to him being under 24 and a product of the club’s academy. The Sky Blues believe that the funds generated from any potential Cyrus Christie deal will aid manager Steven Pressley’s efforts in the transfer market.
Huddersfield Town were thought to have had an interest in Christie last year but balked at the price quoted by Coventry City towards the end of last summer’s transfer window. Since then, the attacking full-back has been
linked with a number of Championship clubs, and more recently with an MLS move. Waggott though believes that it is in the player’s best interests to remain in England ‘for the sake of his career’.
A major factor in Christie’s current struggle to find a new club has been an alarming drop off in form suffered by both the player and the club in the second half of last year. Manager Steven Pressley has revealed on multiple occasions his frustration towards the player’s agent in ‘turning his [Christie’s] head’, which has had an impact on the player’s performances.
The club are willing to ‘get creative’ in their negotiations with potential suitors for Christie. Whilst a tribunal fee is an option for any potential transfer fee, the club are willing to negotiate to prevent such a scenario. Potential options include the exchange of players in the deal, such as in the recent package which took Callum Wilson to Bournemouth.
With the player currently unable to find a new club there remains the slight possibility that he may return to Coventry City, either to join up with pre-season training or on a permanent deal later in the summer.