Championship side Bristol City are closing in on the signing of 24-year-old Preston central defender Bailey Wright.

According to the Guardian, Wright is set to make the switch to Preston’s Championship rivals. Conceding 35 goals in the Championship this season and sitting only three points above the dreaded relegation positions, Bristol City manager Lee Johnson wants to strengthen his side’s defensive line during the January transfer window.

With Bailey Wright only having six months left on his contract at Deepdale, Robins boss Johnson sees the Australian centre back as a plausible transfer target, a player who could join for a reasonable fee and instantly strengthen his City squad.

The 24-year-old defender has spent the past seven seasons with Preston, making over 200 appearances for the Lilywhites in that time. Wright has further represented his country on 12 occasions.

Speaking to the Championship side’s official website, Johnson explained: “we need to bring some players in to help change things for us and we are working hard to do that.”

Johnson later added: “It’s only right that we talk about things once they’re completed but we are certainly hopeful of securing a few deals quickly; one certainly is imminent.”

North End boss Simon Grayson is hoping that Wright will still sign a contract extension and stay at Deepdale instead of moving on or running down his current contract with the Lanchashire outfit.

Speaking to BBC Radio Lanchashire before the New Year, Grayson stated: “we’d like to have him tied down, he’s been good for us, but the football club has been very good to him as well, I’m sure there’ll be some more talks. It’s something we’ll try and resolve.”

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