Leicester City and Wolves join Man United and Spurs in race for Bristol City wonder kid
A price has been set for Bristol City’s talented teenager - as two Premier League clubs join the race
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Bristol City could have a fight on their hands after two Premier League clubs registered interest in wonder kid Alex Scott. Scott is one of the Robins’ most prized assets, but he is no longer their best-kept secret, with his list of admirers growing by the minute.
Scott, burst onto the scene last season and registered four goals and two assists in his full season at Championship level. He was 18 years old and played as both as a midfielder and as a wing-back, fully taking up the opportunity that Nigel Pearson presented to him.
Scott followed up his first full season in professional football with joy on the international stage. He won the UEFA Under-19 Championship with England, in a team that boasted the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Liam Delap.
He has continued to be an important figure for City this season and has only missed league games through suspension. Scott has played 22 times and whilst failing to register a goal, he has provided four assists to his teammates.
A key part of City’s side, they could now face a hard task of keeping one of their top players at Ashton Gate, as interest ramps up in the player.
Earlier this month, CBS journalist Ben Jacobs said that Scott could leave ‘sooner rather than later’ and that it would be to a Premier League club. It has now emerged in a further update that Leicester City are looking at signing the youngster.
Talisman James Maddison has not played since being called up to the England squad for the World Cup, where he failed to make an appearance. Maddison has a knee injury, and with his future also undecided, they could look to turn to Scott as his potential replacement.
In an additional report, strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers are also looking at Scott. The Daily Telegraph reports that Wolves hold an interest in Scott and that he could be available for £10m.
Earlier in the month, Bournemouth were said to be eyeing a double-swoop for Scott and Ghana international Antoine Semenyo. City have activated a clause in Semenyo’s contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024. Leeds United, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur, were all said to have been interested earlier in the summer, which means more than a quarter of English top-flight teams hold an interest in him.
As it stands, if City are to do any business in the January transfer window, they will have to get players off of their books, before it can be reinvested in the squad. Departing CEO Richard Gould will remain until the end of January, before being replaced by former Crystal Palace chief Phil Alexander.
One of Gould’s last acts was to offer new contracts to a chunk of players, with Nahki Wells the first to put pen-to-paper on a new two-year contract. Three players have been told they will not have an extension to their current deals and could leave in January, which could free up funds to Nigel Pearson.