Bristol City saw off rival interest for summer signing as Cardiff City ‘eye’ out of contract star

All the latest Bristol City and Championship news and rumours as Nigel Pearson looks to add to his fast start to the summer.

Bristol City’s preparations for next season are already well underway.

Nigel Pearson is wasting no time improving his squad after a disappointing first full season in charge of the Robins.

City finished in 17th place to settle for their first bottom half finish in four seasons, and that was not what Pearson would have had in mind.

But there is fresh hope ahead of next season, and City have already added a number of signings, including Luton Town stand-out star Kal Naismith.

More movement is expected, though, and here we have rounded up all the latets news and rumours from across the Championship, starting at Ashton Gate.

Nasmith rivals

City’s biggest signing of the summer so far is Luton Town star Naismith, who will join on a free transfer following the expiry of his Hatters deal.

It was quite the coup for the Robins to sign the defender, and especially given Naismith had options elsewhere.

According to WalesOnline, Swansea City tried to pull off a deal for the centre-back ahead of Pearson convincing him to sign up at Ashton Gate.

O’Brien interest

Huddersfield Town star Lewis O’Brien is attracting plenty of interest this summer.

The Terriers’ failure to win promotion has left them in a vulnerable position over the midfielder, and Premier League clubs are lurking.

According to the Huddersfield Examiner, Leeds United are now interested in a deal, but it could cost them as much as £15million.

Laurent race

Cardiff City are said to have offered a contract to Reading star Josh Laurent ahead of his deal expiring this summer.

But they are said to be receiving competition, and that’s because the Royals are said to have made a proposal to keep hold of him.

According to BerkshireLive, that offer was made weeks ago, though, and there is also said to be a number of other teams who have offered a deal, beyond Cardiff and Reading.