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Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is interested in Cardiff City midfielder Will Vaulks, according to the Daily Mail, but faces competition from Stoke City and Sunderland who are both reported to be interested in the 26-year-old.
The central midfielder only joined the Bluebirds from Rotherham United last summer but is already being linked with a move away, having played just 12 times in all competitions for the Welsh side this season and has scored once.
So would Vaulks be a good signing at Ashton Gate, is he needed and would he get into the Robins’ starting XI?
“He would be a good signing for the Robins.
“Even though Vaulks has struggled at times with Cardiff this season, he was brilliant for Rotherham in the previous campaign and has qualities that would help Lee Johnson’s side.
“At his best, he is an energetic, strong midfielder that chips in with goals and if Bristol City can get him back to that level then there’s no doubt he would help their play-off push. There sometimes seems a soft side to the team and he would help on that front.
“Whilst he might not get into the XI straight away, there’s a lot of games to play and this would be a decent addition, although they will still need one or two more the door to make it a perfect window.”
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“This would not be a bad signing for Bristol City but it seems pretty pointless and a move that would not benefit the player.
“Having scored seven goals and assisted seven more during last season with Rotherham, he clearly has what it takes to thrive in the second tier.
“But Bristol City have a lot of highly-rated midfielders. It is hard to see Vaulks breaking in ahead of the likes of Massengo, Nagy, Smith and Brownhill for a long time.
“The Robins badly need at least one striker this month and the board need to make sure they are focusing on the right areas.”
“Vaulks is clearly in need of a loan or permanent move this month as it has not worked out for him at Cardiff, and Bristol City could be a good move for him given the Robins are in need of a ball-winning midfielder.
“Lee Johnson’s side could soon be on the look-out for a replacement for Josh Brownhill following his links to the top-flight, and Vaulks is certainly the right mould of player to fillt his void in the Ashton Gate outfit’s midfield.
“However, I just wonder if City have considered recalling Joe Morrell from his loan spell at Lincoln City, particularly given the Robins’ midfield prospect has been getting into the Wales side ahead of Vaulks in recent months.
“This could enable Cardiff to save the cash on signing Vaulks and allow to focus their finances on signing a new forward this window. However, Vaulks is still likely to be a low-cost option given his failure to make a mark at Cardiff.”