According to a report from the Birmingham Mail, Sky Bet Championship sides Birmingham City and Bristol City are set to battle it out for Luton Town striker Isaac Vassell.

The 23-year-old, who netted twice in ‘The Hatters’ 8-2 victory over Yeovil Town on Saturday, started out his career as a prospect of the Plymouth Argyle academy, joining in 2005 aged just 12.

He eventually made the step up to the first team in 2011, but featured just six times, failing to score a goal for the senior side, and went on loan at Truro City, Bideford, and then Weymouth, where he netted five in 12 appearances before signing for Truro City on a permanent basis.

The Englishman, who has been compared to Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga because of his big and powerful frame, but fairly small height, scored 22 goals in 79 appearances at Truro during a two-year spell, before eventually signing for Luton in 2016 after a successful trial.

Since his arrival at Kenilworth Road the striker has scored 16 goals in 54 appearances for the club in all competitions, including the two he scored on Saturday in their season opener, and has been a constant leader of the attack since his move.

Vassell was vital to the success of the club last season, as they made it to the play-off semi finals before being knocked out by Blackpool, who eventually went on to win the whole thing and secure promotion.

Both Birmingam and Bristol are reportedly very keen on bringing Vassell to their respected clubs, but it is reported that they would have to pay around £1 million for his services.



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