The Bristol Post understands that Bristol City are set to lodge a new and improved bid to try and lure striker Matt Smith away from Championship rivals Fulham. An initial bid was rejected over the weekend, however the Robins are to return with a better bid to prize and prize him away from Craven Cottage and back to Ashton Gate.
Caretaker manager john Pemberton has made the 26-year-old commanding centre forward as their number one target for the closing days of the winter transfer window. They are prepared to ‘pull out all of the stops’ to bring him back to the club. He made a big impression last season under Steve Cotterill and quickly became a fans’ favourite.
Chief Operating Officer Mark Ashton and Director of Football Keith Burt, in addition to Pemberton, are working hard behind the scenes to ensure a permanent return to the West Country. The player himself has struggled for regular football at Fulham this season, under three different managers.
The transfer embargo at Fulham does present a slight issue for Bristol City however. Although they are still able to sell players, signing potential replacements could be a problem for them.
Ross McCormack is expected to leave the club this week, and Moussa Dembele has constantly been linked with a transfer away, despite Jokanovic saying neither will leave. Perhaps this could open the door up for Smith to play more, but he would surely love to return to Bristol. In his previous spell, he scored 13 in 23 games.