Bristol City enter ‘advanced’ transfer talks as agreement close

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The Robins could have their first signing of the summer wrapped up

Bristol City have reportedly entered discussions with Scottish club Aberdeen about signing Ross McCrorie.

The BBC report that talks are at an advanced stage between the two clubs and a fee of £2m has been mooted. If a deal was to be completed then the 25-year-old would complete the remainder of the season before moving to Ashton Gate.

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McCrorie has spent the majority of his career in Scotland, and has been with Aberdeen for three-seasons-and-a-half. He had a brief loan spell with Portsmouth in 2019 and was linked with a move to the West Country last week.

“You’ll know more than me. All I know is we had a good result today and Ross performed well,” said the Dons’ caretaker manager Barry Robson when the question was posed to him by the Daily Record.

McCrorie is under contract at Pittodrie until the summer of 2026 and has missed just two games all season for Aberdeen. Across all competitions he has made 39 appearances, scoring five goals and earning one assist.

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The former Rangers man is somewhat of a utility player but his primary position is defensive midfield. He can play as centre-back, right-back as well as right-midfield. Nigel Pearson hinted that he wanted his midfielders to score more and with five goals this season McCrorie could fit the bill.

McCrorie is also able to play at centre-back and that position is the priority in the summer transfer window. Rob Atkinson is set to miss the start of the season whilst Tomas Kalas is out of contract at the end of the season.

When asked about rumours linking McCrorie with a move to Ashton Gate, Pearson said to BristolLive last week: “You know I don’t comment on speculation that’s generated from other people.

“All I will say is that we will try and do some early business at the end of the season.

“As soon as we can and we’re working very hard to both identify and get closer to doing deals."

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