Championship strugglers Bristol City are continuing to pursue Fulham striker Matt Smith according to The Bristol Post.
It is understood that The Robins have had at least one transfer bid rejected by the West London club but Fulham’s firm stance is not believed to have ended City’s interest in the forward with the club set to push The Cottagers’ resistance all of the way in the lead up to tomorrow night’s 11pm transfer deadline.
Smith had an extremely successful spell on loan at Ashton Gate last season and scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for The Robins. The possibility of the striker’s return to the club could hinge on whether fellow strikers Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele remain at Craven Cottage beyond the current transfer window.
Championship promotion chasers Middlesbrough have previously shown an interest in McCormack although the Teesside club had a bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes accepted yesterday and are discussing terms with the player while Dembele could be set for a switch to Tottenham Hotspur.
Fulham signed Smith from Leeds United in September 2014 for a reported fee of £800,000. The 26 year old is contracted to The Cottagers until next summer and with Fulham also in danger of relegation Bristol City are likely to have to produce an astounding bid for the striker to force Fulham to sell.