‘More than £25million’ - Bristol City boss’ warning to Spurs, West Ham and Wolves

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Nigel Pearson wants a heavy fee for Bristol City talent Alex Scott if he is to leave the club for the Premier League

Nigel Pearson has revealed he wants more than £25million for Bristol City teenage sensation Alex Scott, and that the club have received no bids for him so far.

Scott has been linked with several Premier League clubs over the last 12 months, with Wolverhampton Wanderers the most recent topflight side rumoured to be interested.

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The midfielder's value is thought to be £25million by the club, but Pearson revealed after City’s 2-0 win against Blackpool that he wants more.

“It’s got to be more than £25million, he shouldn’t go for less than that,” he said. “Since he made his debut for us he’s played 80 odd games, so he’s been a regular. People talk about second seasons-itis where players get a drop-off, I don’t think we've seen that at all, I think we've seen him push on.

“He's managed to continue his development with a pretty steady upward curve over the two years he’s been here now. That speaks volumes not just about his ability but his temperament too… He’ll go on to really big things, I’m sure about that.”

The teenager netted City’s second in their victory over the Tangerines, his second of the season in all competitions. There have been reports in recent weeks of a bid from Wolves, but Pearson denied that City have received any offers for Scott. When quizzed on the reports, the manager replied: “The bids that nobody’s heard of? Coming from reporters and agents?

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“We’ve had no bids. It doesn’t surprise me that clubs are interested in him, but there have been no bids.”

While the Robins are yet to receive an offer for the ex-Guernsey man, Pearson is adamant that the club will have to fight off interest in the summer - but any successful bid will have to be substantial.

“He’ll play at the top, he’ll play for a top side, there’s no doubt in my mind about that, whoever makes a proper bid at some point, it's going to have to be a really big bid to get him.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll have to deal with bids this summer, I think that will happen but the speculation at the minute is not club to club.”

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The Robins’ boss has spoken in the past about how he believes Scott will play for England, and the experienced manager revealed that he has held that opinion since the first time he saw him play.

“I said that after the first training session I watched him when he was a scrawny 17 year old… he's a real talent and we’re very pleased to have him here.”

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