Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bristol City are continuing to be linked with a summer move for want-away Barnsley winger Marley Watkins according to the Bristol Post.

The 26-year-old Lewisham born midfielder wanted to leave Oakwell in January after handing in a transfer request and is set to become a free agent in the summer.

It is understood that Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is a huge admirer of the player while a number of other Sky Bet Championship clubs are expected to battle for the winger’s signature after an impressive campaign with The Tykes. As well as the interest from The Robins, Ipswich Town and Cardiff City are also believed to be tracking Watkins.

The former Swansea City apprentice started his senior career with Cheltenham Town before dropping into non league football with Bath City following a loan spell at Twerton Park. After impressing for The Romans, Watkins earned a move to Hereford United before spending two years in Scotland with Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he won the Scottish Cup.

Watkins signed for current club Barnsley in summer 2015 and the winger was part of the side which won a Football League Trophy and Sky Bet League One Play Off Final Wembley double last season while he has again been an important player for the South Yorkshire club this season.

Bristol City boss Johnson will look to improve his squad in the summer after a season of underachievement at Ashton Gate and Watkins could be a useful member of The Robins’ squad.

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