Brentford and Nottingham Forest transfer links addressed by Bristol City boss Liam Manning

Tommy Conway's contract expires in the summer of 2025Tommy Conway's contract expires in the summer of 2025
Tommy Conway's contract expires in the summer of 2025 | AFP via Getty Images
The Robins manager left the door open for more business this month

Liam Manning insists Bristol City want Tommy Conway to extend his stay at the club and is hopeful that the Robins can add to their attacking options before the end of the transfer window.

Conway netted the winner against West Ham to send Manning's side into the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night and has made a name for himself as one of the most promising young strikers in the Championship over the last 18 months.

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The Scot has been at City since he was seven years old and worked his way through the ranks to be one of several academy success stories in recent times.

Following his strong form and goals in both matches against the Hammers in the last fortnight whispers about the striker's future have inevitably begun.

With his current deal at BS3 up in the summer of 2025, there is plenty of time for negotiations, and Manning said he would love the local lad to extend his stay at the club.

"Definitely from our end, we really want him to stay," Manning said. "He's in a really good place I think. If you look since I've come in, the number of games he’s started, even in a sticky period, we stuck by him.

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"I think he sees the culture, he's clear on how we work and that's the big thing, we want people who are all in on what we want to do, so he's definitely someone we want to keep at the club."

The 21-year-old is City's top scorer so far this season with eight goals in all competitions, but it's his off-the-ball work that has impressed Manning the most.

He said: "It's probably the biggest part of his game that’s improved for me, in terms of our front players being our first defenders. We do a lot of work on shape and positions they take up, quite often it's those second reactions, so once you react and then go and engage it's about recovering back in.

"He's done a terrific job, grasped it really quickly. Watching the game back, there are numerous opportunities where he's close to hiking things or he forces the goalkeeper to kick long so rather than when we first came in he just chased everything. He understands when to chase and is more efficient with his energy."

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Nahki Wells and Harry Cornick are Manning's other options up top, and after the Robins confirmed the signing of Scott Twine on a loan deal until the end of the season earlier this week, Manning said the club are still looking to bolster their frontline with another body before the end of the month.

"Before the end of the window, I hope so," he said. "But we’re not immediately close to completing anything at the minute, we’re still doing work to try and progress in those areas but nothing concrete at the moment.

"(We want) Someone towards the top end I think, someone who can have an impact and bring competition in those areas. It’s tough, everybody looking for those positions and it's not easy. It's tough but it will be in that area if the pitch."

There is talk that the Africa Cup of Nations has affected the current window, with clubs perhaps more hesitant to let players leave when they're already short on numbers.

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"Across the game, there's a similar profile, everybody's after attacking players who can score goals and I think there seems to be less around in terms of volume of quality available. I wouldn't say it's just AFCON, it's a bigger thing in terms of finding and recruiting players across all levels of the game."

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