Bristol City and QPR in transfer talks over £1.8m star

Bristol City's centre-back search is on, and they now may have landed on a transfer target.

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Bristol City are reportedly in discussions with QPR over a possible transfer for Rob Dickie.

Football Insider report that the Robins are ‘in talks’ to sign Dickie, who are ‘preparing a move to lure’ him to Ashton Gate. The two teams are in talks over a potential structure of a deal and it is likely to be a permanent exit from Loftus Road for Dickie.

The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at QPR and could leave the West London club for nothing next summer. QPR may consider parting ways with Dickie now to at least receive a fee.

Dickie came up against City in their final game of the season. and missed just eight league games last term. He appeared in 38 games, the same feat as the season before, and kept five clean sheets.

Dickie was previously at Oxford United - and has played alongside Mark Sykes. He has 120 appearances in the Championship under his belt and has scored six goals. He has 129 appearances to date with QPR since joining in 2020 for a reported fee of £1.8m.

To date, Dickie has made 257 appearances across the Championship, League One, and League Two. His other previous clubs include Reading, Lincoln City, and Cheltenham Town.

Nigel Pearson is on the search for defensive reinforcements, as several times last season, players had to be moved into the position, and the 59-year-old is keen to build some depth in that role. Rob Atkinson is to miss the start of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which means at least one centre-back will be needed. City are awaiting Tomas Kalas’ decision after offering him a new contract, albeit on reduced terms.

City currently have Zak Vyner as their only senior centre-back on their books, but with Joe Low’s recent inclusion in the Wales squad, he could force his way into Pearson’s plans, and save them millions in the transfer market.

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