Fenerbahce put Bristol City striker on transfer shortlist - Crystal Palace and Rangers linked

Bristol City could face a difficult January as another club joins the race for their ‘prized asset’.

Antoine Semenyo has returned to Bristol City from the World Cup. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Antoine Semenyo has returned to Bristol City from the World Cup. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Antoine Semenyo has returned to Bristol City from the World Cup. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bristol City could have a fight on their hands to keep hold of Bristol City star: Interview with Antoine Semenyo’s father ">Antoine Semenyo after another club reportedly joined the race to sign him. Several clubs have been linked with a move for the forward and with the January transfer window opening shortly, it could be a test of the Robins resolve.

The 22-year-old has just returned from the World Cup after playing for Ghana, who were eliminated in the group stages. Semenyo came off the bench and almost scored against Uruguay, which would have added to his tally, after opening his international account against Switzerland before the tournament. His involvement in Qatar has put him in a shop window, with clubs from across the globe now aware of one of Bristol City's prized assets.

The likes of Everton, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Scottish Premiership giants Celtic and Rangers have all been linked with Semenyo over the last 12-months, but now a new name has entered the fray. Reports in Turkey say that Semenyo is on Fenerbahce's three-man shortlist for a new striker.

Turkish outlet Fanatik report that Semenyo is being considered as an alternative option should Fenerbahce miss out on Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar. Aboubakar scored twice at the tournament, netting the winner against Brazil, before being red carded for taking his shirt off.

Semenyo, along with Slavia Prague and Nigeria striker Peter Olayinka are back-up options if the Turkish league leaders cannot persuade Aboubakar to leave Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr. They have likened Semenyo to Bright Osayi-Samuel, who made the move to Turkey after rejecting a new contract at Queens Park Rangers.

Semenyo is out-of-contract next summer, but the club does have an option to excercise a one-year extension. It has not yet been announced by the club that they have extended that option, but manager Nigel Pearson admitted that the club would take that avenue as he is one of their 'prized assets'.

"We have got an option, it will be, and of course it will because he is one of our prized assets," said Pearson. "You can take that as red that we will take that option on him. There isn’t one (a delay), all in good time, let’s see what happens."