A report from Bristol Live has said that Huddersfield Town are ahead of Hull City in the battle for Bristol City’s out of favour forward Sammie Szmodics.

Earlier this month, we covered reports here on The72 claiming that Championship pair Huddersfield Town and Hull City were interested in Bristol City man Sammie Szmodics, who has struggled to make an impact at Ashton Gate since signing from Colchester United in the summer transfer window.

And now, it has been reported that it is Huddersfield Town who are heading the chase for Szmodics. The forward has struggled to make an impact since joining the club in the summer transfer window and manager Lee Johnson has said that he could head out on loan in January if he fails to make his way into the team. Johnson said:

“It’s a bulky squad at the moment. It’s not easy that because everyone wants a carrot at the end of the week. To be fair, after a game like the other night (the 2-1 defeat to Millwall) a lot of them have got an argument because they can knock on the door.

“Sammie Szmodics, for example. Very consistent in training, very consistent human. Hasn’t quite taken to the level of the Championship that we’d hope he had like in pre-season but at the same time he hasn’t really had the run. Where we are as a football club we are always buying potential, he’s been set a challenge to get in the team before January because if not we might have to look at a loan for him.

“I definitely wouldn’t want to lose him on a permanent as he’s part of my long-term plans here. He does need to do a bit at first-team level in the Championship, run a game to be able to get a consistent starting spot.”

Since signing for Bristol City in the summer transfer window, Szmodics, 24, has played just three times for the club, appearing twice in the Championship and once in the EFL Cup.