Burnley make transfer enquiry to Bristol City as £12m asking price reportedly set

Transfer speculation continues to hot up as Bristol City receive an enquiry from a Championship rival.

Burnley have reportedly made an enquiry over the availability of Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo. Semenyo is in demand this transfer window, with several clubs believed to be holding an interest in the Ghana forward.

The 22-year-old was on target for the second time in as many games as he earned the Robins a replay against Swansea City in the FA Cup with a 75th-minute header, as he battled against transfer speculation.

Last Thursday, Nigel Pearson admitted that there had been speculation over Semenyo and his teammate Alex Scott, but that they had received no enquiries or bids. Pearson admitted that any sale of their prized assets may not immediately be reinvested back into the first-team, given the nature of the window.

Burnley’s interest was reported by BristolLive last week, and now it looks like they could be about to make their first move. The Clarets on the search for reinforcements that will get them back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas has shared the news that the Championship pace setters have asked City about Semenyo. The report adds how much he is valued at City, which could be key, when it comes to reinvesting it back into the squad from a potential sale.

Thomas tweeted: “#Burnley have inquired about signing #BristolCity striker Antoine Semenyo. #Bournemouth have also watched him. Valued in the region £12m. Six caps and a goal for Ghana. Four in 21 Championship games this term.

Further on in Sky Sports transfer live blog, they added: “Bournemouth have also watched the 23-year-old but are not thought to be strongly interested at this stage.”

Semenyo’s stay at Ashton Gate was extended by a year after the club activated a clause in his contract for a further year. His contract will now expire in the summer of 2024, and gives City the chance to negotiate a fair deal, should they entertain the offer of him leaving Ashton Gate.

He was Bristol City’s second most creative player last year with only Andi Weimann getting more goals and assists. The former Bath City loanee got 21 goal contributions in 2022, compared to Weimann’s 27.

Fortunately for City, they do not need to sell, as they are within the confines of Financial Fair Play, and will not be subject to a transfer embargo or a points deduction. They made a loss of £28.5m over the course of the 2021/22 season, but departing CEO Richard Gould was confident they would not face any punishment.

Burnley are also said to be looking at Swansea City forward Michael Obafemi, as they reignite their interest in the Republic of Ireland striker. WalesOnline say that Burnley are looking for a new striker and that Obafemi remains on their transfer list, but that they have other targets in mind and will not be held to ransom. Nottingham Forest striker Sam Surridge could also be someone that Burnley move for.