Bristol City send transfer message to Wolves and Bournemouth over Alex Scott
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Bristol City have today included Alex Scott in their squad for their pre-season friendly against Swindon Town, amidst speculation linking him with a move away from the club.
He was named in the starting XI for their friendly against Swindon, which will be a regular 90 minute match with two 45 minute periods, as well as a further 30 minutes, which will likely see two teams being used. Scott starts in a team that may not be too far off their side that opens up the Championship season against Preston. Summer signings Rob Dickie and Haydon Roberts start in a back-four along with first-choice right-back George Tanner and Player’s Player of the Year Zak Vyner. In midfield, he is in a three along with Matty James and Jason Knight, whilst Sam Bell, Nahki Wells and Harry Cornick are the attacking three.
The 19-year-old has continued on as a normal, and has been unaffected by the news that both Wolves and his former club AFC Bournemouth are said to have bids rejected for him this month. Wolves have already had three bids turned down, with their latest offer being £22m, as well as add-ons. It was said that the Midlands club are ‘not miles away’ but the Cherries are also considering their next steps, and the picture will be clearer for them on what kind of offer is needed to take him away from Ashton Gate.
For the time being however, Scott is committed to Bristol City, and despite the ongoing speculation, has been a model professional. In the last 18 months there has been transfer rumours linking the ‘Guernsey Grealish’ to a dozen Premier League teams, but he has been praised by his teammates and his manager Nigel Pearson, for how he has conducted himself. Wolves and Bournemouth’s offers this month is the first time that an official bid has been made, but there is a confidence within the football club that they can get the offer of £25m that they are asking for.
Bristol City are involved with two matches today with their senior side in action against Swindon Town, which is the first match in which fans can catch a glimpse of their new signings. Matches at the High Performance Centre do not permit spectators, but fans can watch from a stream, and will get to see the likes of Ross McCrorie, Haydon Roberts and Rob Dickie turn out for their new club.
The Robins were in action last Saturday and won 6-2 against Torquay United with recent summer signing Jason Knight opening his account for the club. The Under-21’s meanwhile play later today against Yate Town, and could feature the likes of Marlee Francois and Raphael Araoye who were recently in Austria with the senior squad.