Italian giants Inter Milan join race to sign Bristol City and Fulham target

Bristol City are in competition with three-time Champions League winners Inter Milan for a new centre-back.

Bristol City could face stiff competition in their reported pursuit of Torino centre-back Kofi Djidji after they were joined by three-times Champions League winners Inter Milan. The Robins along with Fulham and Belgian side Anderlecht were linked with a move for the defender last week.

Tuttosport, an outlet based in Turin, the city in which Djidji's club Torino play in, revealed that he is a target for Inter Milan. Simone Inzaghi would prefer to pursue him on a free transfer than sign him for a fee in January.

Djidji has played 14 times this season, playing 13 times in Serie A. He has featured in most of their matches and has only been an unused substitute on three occasions this term. Torino are currently ninth in the Italian top flight, with six wins, six defeats andt three draws.

City's current system sees them play with three centre-backs, which is a system that Djidji has played in for his current club. Inter Milan also play with three centre-backs and would look to add him to add depth to their backline.

At times during the current campaign, City have struggled with options at the back with a long-term injury for Tomas Kalas. Kalas had been out for seven months and made a return, but was back on the sidelines after just two cameo appearances. Kal Naismith, signed on a free transfer from Luton Town, also missed the last month of action after picking up a calf injury versus Coventry.

Fulham have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old since May, but a move to Craven Cottage didn't take place in the summer. The Cottagers opted to sign Issa Dipp from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee instead.

There are 39 days until the January transfer window opens and Nigel Pearson wants to do business but admitted earlier this month that players will need to be moved on if any business is to be done. The Championship season is currently paused but plans are afoot for when the league returns and there being one eye on January.