Bristol City ‘ready’ to make transfer offer to former Aston Villa starlet

The Robins are in competition with two other clubs, as they consider bringing a Bristol-born player back to the city.

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Bristol City are reportedly in the race to sign Harvey Knibbs who has left Cambridge United.

The Robins are apparently in a three-team race to sign the Bristol-born attacker according to Football Insider. Huddersfield Town and Derby County have both been listed as potential destinations for the former U’s forward.

The 24-year-old was released from his contract at Cambridge and will be free to discuss with interested clubs this month. Huddersfield are said to have been ‘keeping tabs’ and are preparing a contract offer and both Derby and City are also both ‘ready’ to make an offer to try and sign him.

Knibbs made 47 appearances for Cambridge this season with six assists and five goals, helping them to avoid relegation on the final day of the League One season. He’s mainly played for Cambridge, and amassed 156 appearances for them, scoring 25 goals and getting 11 assists.

Before joining Cambridge, he was at Aston Villa and had a successful spell in their Under-18s before graduating to their Under-21s. In total, across both senior football and academy football, he’s played in 213 matches with 42 goals and 15 assists.

Knibbs was born in Bristol and is the son of Bristol rugby legend Ralph Knibbs. Ralph played centre for the Bears from between 1982 and 1996 and got 615 points from 436 games. Ralph is considered one of the greatest to not play for England, and Harvey comes from a sporting family with his twin brother Alex a 400m hurdler.

He is the second player to be linked with a move to Ashton Gate over the past few days, with QPR defender Rob Dickie a reported target. Dickie is entering the last year of his contract at QPR, and it is understood that the two clubs are in talks over a possible deal that could see the 27-year-old leave Loftus Road for a fee.

Ross McCrorie’s move is getting ever closer too with a medical expected this week after the conclusion of the Scottish Premiership. Joe Bryan’s season is now over too, having not played for Nice since mid-April. The 29-year-old is leaving Fulham who aren’t expected to offer him a new contract, and he will then be allowed to speak to City about a return to the West Country.