Welcome to Monday’s Bristol City transfer blog.
The Robins are out in Florida training at the famous IMG Academy.
This weekend they played Derby County in what proved to be two games after stormy weather caused their first encounter on Saturday to be abandoned at half time.
Lee Johnson’s side were leading 1-0 when the referee called time on the game thanks to a goal from striker Famara Diedhiou.
The game resumed on Sunday after when City were beaten 2-1 by the Rams with their opponents scoring against the run of play. Saikou Janneh pulled a goal back for the Robins.
The two games have thrown up some injury concerns with Antoine Semenyo and Tomas Kalas both picking up knocks.
Follow all the latest from the Robins with Bristol Live having exclusive access to the club’s US training base.
City women make a signing
Ebony Salmon joins the ladies’ team.
Jonny Smith on his way to the SPL?
Young midfielder Jonny Smith is currently training with Hibernian. Paul Heckingbottom is another fellow manager to retain good links with Lee Johnson and is currently having a look at the young midfielder.
Smith played this afternoon for the Hibs development side and scored against their Newcastle counterparts.
Update from our City reporter
Our Robins writer on a quiet few days…
We’re not expecting too much to happen regarding ins and outs at Bristol City this week while the club are in the US.
As Lee Johnson confirmed last week, the Robins would like at least one more attacking player and a central midfielder.
There will also be some sales when City return to these shores: and it will be those players who have not impressed enough in the US.
West Brom to lose another forward
Another day and another forward looks to be leaving the Hawthorns.
After Dwight Gayle, Louie Barry and Jay Rodriguez, it looks like Salomon Rondon is on the verge of a move to China to link up with Rafa Benitez according to Sky Sports.
Bristol City open training under way
Bristol City are holding an open training session today.
And we have a reporter down there keeping an eye on things for us.
EVERY club’s business and what they need to do
Our central team have looked at every deal by each Championship club so far.
Here’s what they reckon are the priorities for every second tier side.
In: Mike-Steven Bahre (Hannover 96, free), Luke Thomas (Derby, undisclosed), Mads Juel Andersen (AC Horsens, undisclosed), Brad Collins (Chelsea, free), Mallik Wilks, (Leeds, £1.2m)
Out: Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen, free), Zeki Fryers (Swindon, free), Adam Davies (Stoke City, free), Liam Lindsay (Stoke City, £2m), Ethan Pinnock (£3m)
It’s been a tough summer for Barnsley, who struggled to keep hold of their prized assets despite returning to the Championship.
The departure of Liam Lindsay, Ethan Pinnock and Adam Davies will hit the Tykes hard, having been the bedrock of their mean defence last term.
Mallik Wilks is an exciting addition in attack, but Daniel Stendel’s men definitely need some defensive reinforcements if they’re to avoid an immediate return to League One.
Royals lose another
Well, okay technically they don’t but Nelson Oliveira was on loan at Reading last season and it doesn’t appear that he’s heading back.
He’s in talks with AEK Athens apparently – according to Sky Sports.
Former transfer target loaned out
Was wanted by the Robins a year ago but is now set to ply his trade in the Bundesliga next season.
Mind, Niki Maenpaa has been a good signing too.
Swansea City looking for £20m for McBurnie
It seems like the going price for a top-level striker in the Championship is around the £20m mark.
No wonder the market for top forwards is currently stalled.
Wigan set to win the race for Lowe
A deal is said to be agreed to go through this coming week.
Bruce leaves Owls?
The Wednesday boss is reported to have resigned this morning in order to force through a move to Newcastle United.
Could be more upheaval at one of City’s rivals.
Lee Johnson on City sales
We spoke to Lee Johnson after the game on Sunday and in particular about the learning curve for his players – but also about bringing in new players.
The City boss has hinted at a couple of sales before the end of the window.
I still think we have a strong group, a couple may have to move on because we have to tidy things up to get a couple in, so we can be on the front-foot.
What we learned from the weekend
Didn’t see the matches at the weekend? We’ve pulled together the most important bits – beyond the score, teams and match action.
Here’s the word on how Jay Dasilva did against the Rams from our man at the ground there.
Robins fans know all about the 21 year-old left-back following his loan stint at Ashton Gate last season and would have welcomed boss Lee Johnson moving swiftly to turn his one year loan deal from Chelsea into a permanent switch this summer.
Security often does wonders for players and, certainly, after a lively 45 minutes against Derby on Saturday night, the Luton-born defender showed he’s ready to nail down a starting spot, especially with Lloyd Kelly leaving earlier this summer.
Excellent on the ball and lively off it, Dasilva impressed in Florida and was one of the bright spots for Johnson at the weekend.
Delve into Sheffield Wednesday accounts
Terrific financial scrutiny of the Owls’ finances here by the Swiss Ramble account.
Essentially, a ‘once-off sale’ of Hillsborough seems to have saved Wednesday from falling foul of FFP – but the south Yorkshire club will need to operate differently and cut costs in the future.
How the players did against the Rams
Our man in the US has produced a summary of how every player did in the two matches against the Rams at the weekend.
Here’s his brief write up on Famara Diedhiou’s work on Saturday evening…
Nice finish for opening goal on seven minutes and looked lively.
Listened to this yet?
Johnson eases fears following Kalas injury
Lee Johnson insists Tomas Kalas will be fit for the start of Bristol City’s push for the Premier League next month after an injury scare in Florida.
The Czech defender was forced off in City’s first attempt to play Championship rivals Derby County here on Saturday night with a dead leg.
Kalas was on crutches back at the team hotel after the rest of the game was washed out and is unlikely to feature in the Robins’ next game on Friday against local side Sarasota Metropolis.
But the Ashton Gate boss has no fears over the club record £8million signing missing the big kick-off against Leeds on August 4th.
Yeah he is ok, he’s got a dead leg, “ Johnson told Bristol Live after watching the Robins lose 2-1 to the Rams following two, 30 minute halves after just 45 minutes was completed on Saturday night thanks to stormy weather in the Bradenton area,
It was actually funny watching him yesterday trying to pick his keycard off the table while he was using crutches.
He looked like the guy from There’s Something About Mary when the guy was trying to pick things up on crutches. He’s fine but probably going to be six or seven days (out), it was a sore one on his right leg.
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Welcome to Monday’s blog
Bristol City are still out in Florida and we have exclusive access to their training camp.
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