Bristol City ‘suffer blow’ in pursuit of veteran defender

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Bristol City have been eyeing a move for Derby County’s Curtis Davies this summer after an impressive campaign in what was a very disappointing season for the Rams.

However, the Robins’ chances of signing the defender are looking increasingly slim after Sun reporter, Alan Nixon, confirmed that Derby are in talks with Davies to extend his stay in the Midlands.

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The 37-year-old made 46 appearances in the Championship last season and his stand-out performances had attracted interest from the likes of Bristol City and Hull.

Davies’ contract expires this summer and the Robins were hopeful they could lure him away from Pride Park after five years there, however it looks like he is eager to remain with the club despite their relegation.

City are desperate to bolster their defence this summer after conceding 77 goals in the league last term, with only Reading and Peterborough shipping in more.

Despite Derby’s drop to League One, Davies and his defence conceded only 53 goals - only Stoke City let in less in the bottom half of the Championship.

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While they will certainly need to improve the squad after a poor season, news of a new contract for defender Timm Klose was certainly a boost for Nigel Pearson’s side.

The 34-year-old was out of contract this summer but will remain at Ashton Gate for at least another year.

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